When our ancestors made treaties with the British Crown to allow the Queen's subjects to live in our territories, it was for as long as the sun shines, the waters flow and the grass grows. The Crown's only legal access to our lands is contingent upon the fulfilment of the promises made in the negotiations of treaty. Canada is considered a First World country and our peoples are living in extreme poverty and substandard living conditions. As nations, we held up our end of the treaty, yet Canada continues to only pay lip service to our relationship.If the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs can meet with Chief Spence, as the Health Minister suggests, then the Prime Minister and the Governor General can do the same. It's not too much to ask. In fact, it's incredibly conciliatory and compassionate, considering the treatment aboriginal peoples have received and the conditions they have endured.
— Chief Theresa Spence