Saskatchewan, Alberta leaders are calling for the repeal of sovereignty laws

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First Nations leaders in Alberta and Saskatchewan are calling on their provinces to quash proposed legislation they say is inherently undemocratic, unconstitutional and infringes on indigenous peoples’ rights.

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The leaders are introducing an emergency resolution to the special session of the Assembly of First Nations to overturn sovereignty bills pending with both provincial legislatures.

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Chief Tony Alexis on behalf of Treaty 6 says there has been no consultation or dialogue with First Nations over Alberta’s bill.

It has been criticized for giving the prime minister and cabinet unchecked powers to pass laws behind closed doors, although changes have recently been made.

Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Vice Chief Aly Bear also says the act is unconstitutional in Saskatchewan.

It appears to be unilaterally amending the constitution to affirm the province’s jurisdiction over its natural resources.

Both leaders say they don’t want the bills changed – they want them withdrawn.

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