LETHBRIDGE, AB, July 5, 2018 /CNW/ – Today, the Government of Canada and the Blood Tribe have taken an important step to renew and strengthen their nation-to-nation relationship by signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) on reconciliation.
The MOU, co-developed by the parties, demonstrates the commitment by the Crown and the Blood Tribe to work in partnership to explore new ways to strengthen their treaty relationship and address the needs and priorities identified by the First Nation.
“At the onset of the Kainaiwa Blood Tribe Chief & Council’s term, a year and a half ago, we began serious discussions with Canada on developing a better understanding of the important aspects towards establishing a true nation-to-nation political relationship,” stated Blood Tribe Chief Makiinima/Roy Fox.
“Our Council and Administration have worked collaboratively with Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Affairs in a sincere manner and we have reached a point wherein both parties can build upon an agreement that should be based on mutual trust and appreciation. We are prepared to engage in real and meaningful collaboration with the Honourable Minister and her department and we will sign the MOU with the intention of developing true Reconciliation between our governments and respecting the true spirit and original intent of Innaihtsiiyissini – the Peace Treaty that was made in 1877. May our Creator continue to protect Kainaiwa and Canada.”
This joint work is being undertaken in the spirit of respect, co-operation, partnership and recognition of rights. The parties look forward to working together toward shared solutions that help close socio-economic gaps, advance reconciliation and strengthen their treaty relationship for everyone’s benefit.
“Today we have taken a critical step to renew and strengthen Canada’s nation-to-nation relationship with the Blood Tribe,” added Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Carolyn Bennett.
“This important dialogue with the Blood Tribe demonstrates our commitment to working in a true spirit of partnership to renew the treaty relationship and advance our shared journey toward reconciliation for the benefit of First Nation members and all Canadians.”
- The Blood Tribe entered into the Blackfoot Treaty (also known as Treaty #7) in 1877.
- The Blood Tribe/Kainaiwa is located in Southern Alberta on the Blood Reserve and has a population of 12,400.
- The reserve is currently 547.5 square miles. Industries include agriculture, ranching, oil and gas, as well as a number of small businesses.
- The Blood Tribe operates its own schools K-12, Red Crow Community College, Blood Tribe Police Services and Emergency Medical Services. The Tribe also provides a full range of health services, including a clinic and continuing care facility, as well as an array of social support services.
- The Tribe also manages the Blood Tribe Agricultural Project, Blood Band Ranch and a number of recreational facilities.