News Release - January 22, 2001
AGREEMENTS-IN-PRINCIPLE SIGNED BY MEADOW LAKE FIRST NATIONS
Two Agreements-in-Principle were signed today, paving the way to more detailed
negotiations on First Nation government for Meadow Lake First Nations (MLFNs).
Chief Richard Gladue of the Meadow Lake Tribal Council (MLTC); Minister of
Indian Affairs and Northern Development Robert Nault and Saskatchewan Premier
Roy Romanow participated in a ceremony marking the signing after nine years of
All three partners agree that self-government is the next major step in Meadow
Lake First Nations achieving full participation in the political, economic and
social growth of Saskatchewan and Canada.
"This signing recognizes the political reality and rights our First Nations
have always held.
It will serve as the foundation of our future growth and development. It moves
us closer to achieving our long term goals of assuring our First Nations find
their rightful place in the economic and social development of the country,"
said Chief Gladue.
Meadow Lake First Nations and MLTC are nationally recognized leaders in
economic development and program delivery for their 10,000 band members. Their
forestry initiatives, as well as ventures in several other sectors, have built
a portfolio of financially sound businesses.
"These agreements represent the fundamental building blocks of Canada's future
relationship with Meadow Lake First Nations," said Minister Nault. "They
represent practical means to enhance the quality of life for First Nations
members, both in terms of economic and social development."
"MLTC's proven record of economic success gives its members a sound and
sustainable foundation from which to build toward self-government. Successful
First Nation communities mean a strong and vibrant economy for all
Saskatchewan," said Premier Romanow.
The first agreement, the Comprehensive Agreement in Principle (CAIP), is a
bilateral arrangement between the MLFNs/MLTC and the Government of Canada. It
lays out the terms for future negotiations toward a final agreement on self-
The Meadow Lake First Nations, represented by MLTC, have been negotiating self-
government with the federal government since April 1991.
In late 1996, the Government of Saskatchewan signed a Memorandum of
Understanding to negotiate areas of jurisdiction with the MLFNs on self-
government. As a result, the provincial government became a full party to the
The second agreement, the Tripartite Agreement in Principle (TAIP), involves
all three parties - MLFNs/MLTC, Canada, and Saskatchewan - and establishes the
basis for provincial participation in negotiations. The TAIP also shows
Saskatchewan's recognition of and concurrence with the main agreement.
First Nations government resulting from the negotiation process outlined in the
CAIP and TAIP would give MLFNs the ability to make decisions over matters that
affect the lives of their members on reserve. Laws made under First Nation
government arrangements would operate alongside current federal and provincial
laws that apply on reserve. In particular, the Criminal Code and the Canadian
Charter of Rights and Freedoms will continue to apply.
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This news release is available through the Internet at http://www.inac.gc.ca
For more information, contact:
Meadow Lake Tribal Council
Phone: (306) 236-5654
Manager of Communications
Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Phone: (306) 780-6429
Saskatchewan Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs
Phone: (306) 787-8008