City of Edmonton: Memoranda of Cooperation and Dialogue signed with Kehewin Cree Nation and Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations
The City of Edmonton, Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and Kehewin Cree Nation signed Memoranda of Cooperation and Dialogue today in a ceremony at City Hall.
The Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue with the Kehewin Cree Nation forms the foundation for exploration of the development of an Urban Reserve.
The Memorandum of Cooperation and Dialogue with the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations renews a memorandum previously signed in 2012.
“With these signings, we honour the important initiatives we have worked on with First Nations partners to bring healing, renewal and progress. We recognize the foundation of trust that we have built through open conversation, learning and collaborative action,” said Mayor Don Iveson. “We are grateful for the wise leadership of the Confederacy and the Chiefs of Nations, and these memoranda are an essential sign of hope for the future as we continue to explore meaningful social, cultural and economic opportunities together.”
These Memoranda build upon the strengthening government-to-government relationship taking place between the Kehewin Cree Nation and City of Edmonton, and the continuing relationship between the Confederacy and the City of Edmonton.
All parties are committed to working collaboratively and in good faith in accordance with the Urban Reserve Strategy for the City of Edmonton, in order to outline the high level objectives of each party and establish a framework for negotiations for a Kehewin Cree Nation Urban Reserve.
“Over the past few years, the relationship between the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations and the City of Edmonton has evolved. This renewed memorandum is the result of our shared objectives and commitment,” said Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations Grand Chief Vernon Okimaw Watchmaker. “The renaming of the city wards to Indigenous names is inclusive of our people who have lived in the area since time immemorial, from generation to generation this will increase a mutual understanding. We thank Mayor Don Iveson and City Council for their continued support in restating the principles and commitments within the memorandum. It is an important document that will guide us to work toward a path of reconciliation and improved working relationships.”
The Kehewin Cree Nation Peoples and their ancestors have, over the centuries, relied upon this land and the North Saskatchewan River Valley as a home and place for shelter, hunting, gathering, trade and meetings. The Kehewin Cree Nation holds Treaty and Inherent rights within the territory of Treaty Six. Establishment of an urban reserve is ultimately under the authority of the Government of Canada; any work by Kehewin and the City of Edmonton would be establishing the groundwork to a subsequent federal process.
Edmonton has become a major centre for educational, cultural, industrial, business, health and other services within the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations territory and the North Saskatchewan River Valley area. The City of Edmonton honours, respects and shares their histories, cultures and unique contributions today and for the future.
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