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Indigenous leaders say it’s time for a First Nation Governor General

Indigenous leaders say it’s time for a First Nation Governor General

By Jacob Cardinal, Local Journalism Initiative ReporterAlberta Native Information

Sun., Feb. 14, 20213 min. read

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(ANNews) – In the wake of former Governor General Julie Payette’s resignation, many First Nations are calling for her replacement to be a First Nations individual.

Payette’s resignation comes after an investigation into allegations of a “poisonous workplace” at Rideau Hall. The Governor General place is at the 2nd being filled by the manager justice of Canada on an “length in-between basis,” said Top Minister Justin Trudeau.

The Confederacy of Treaty Six sent a letter to the Queen expressing their disclose over the vacant place. “The Chief Justice of Canada can sit in for a instant length, however a disclose arises when legislation is enacted that may per chance affect us – what happens if the legislation finally ends up before the retract? It’d be better to have a Governor General in place as soon as possible,” the letter reads.

“We wanted to remind our treaty partner – the Crown – of our disclose that at this time within the state of Canada having no representative of herself,” said Grand Chief Vernon Watchmaker.

The letter also states that the Confederacy wants some enter into the chance and mandate of the following Governor General.

“We want to engage in a path of whereby our concerns are heard as the last three Governor Generals have no longer met with the Treaty Chiefs to hear our concerns,” said Grand Chief Watchmaker. “When our ancestors entered into the Peace and Friendship Treaty No.6 with the Crown, it was to make certain that that the Queen’s matters can be able to are residing in our territories.”

The letter ends by saying, “It was out of this disclose that we wrote straight to her Majesty as she is the head of state of Canada. As a Treaty partner, we have the suitable and obligation to address our concerns straight to her.”

Former commissioner of the MMIWG national inquiry, Michele Audette, believes that an Indigenous individual within the place can be able to divulge the real history of Canada and its Indigenous folks. “To educate and promote and remind (folks about) what Canada did and aloof does today,” said Audette to APTN, “each time that individual would travel or meet folks on behalf of Canada.”

Audette also believes that the place can be filled by a First Nation, Metis, or an Inuit individual.

Meanwhile, a regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations representing Saskatchewan, Chief Bobby Cameron, supports the appointment of an Indigenous individual within the Governor General place, however simplest if it’s filled by a First Nations individual. “We are the most fascinating sure community that have inherent and treaty rights,” said Chief Cameron.

After Payette resigned, Manitoba Grand Chief Arlen Dumas released a statement arguing that the appointment of a First Nation individual “would ship a strong message to the Treaty Nations that this executive is exact about its rhetoric on reconciliation and that there’s no such thing as a relation extra important to the Top Minister than the one with Indigenous peoples.”

In a ballot performed for Global Information by Ipsos, it confirmed that over half of the Canadians interviewed reflect that Canada’s ties to the Crown ought to aloof stay as soon as the Queen dies.



Because the treaties have been signed with the Crown, it’s unclear what Canada ending ties with the monarchy would mean for First Nations folks.

Jacob Cardinal is an LJI reporter at Alberta Native Information.

Indigenous leaders say it’s time for a First Nation Governor General