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Monday, December 17, 2012

Mikisew Cree First Nation “We will never recognize any law

For Immediate Release

Mikisew Cree First Nation Challenges Bill C-45

Fort Chipewyan, Alberta (December 14, 2012) – Chief Steve Courtoreille and the Council of

Mikisew Cree First Nation (MCFN) are proud to announce their unwavering opposition

to Bill C-45 (Jobs and Growth Act 2012). “We will never recognize any law

which is passed by the Government of Canada which does not have our consent and

any such law will not apply on our reserve lands and traditional territories”, says

Chief Courtoreille. “We have not been consulted and have no option but to reject

this arbitrary action on the part of Prime Minister Harper and his government.”

“Bill C-45 will trample on the rights that accrue to us as members of our First Nation.”

The leadership of MCFN, like other First Nations across Canada are concerned

that the Government’s omnibus budget bill includes new legislation regarding the

leasing of reserve lands, First Nations education, on-reserve voting rights, and the

abolishment of the Navigable Waters Protection Act, among others. “We will not sit

idly by while the Prime Minister Harper and his government run rough shod over

our rights” says Chief Courtoreille.

In 2005, Mikisew Cree First Nation successfully argued in front of the Supreme

Court of Canada that the Canadian Government had failed to consult with MCFN

when it attempted to take up lands in Wood Buffalo National Park. That case, one of

an important trilogy of First Nations consultation cases in Canadian jurisprudence,

firmly established that the Government must consult with First Nations when it

contemplates any action, which may impact on unproven or established First Nations


MCFN expects that the Government of Canada will consult the First Nation

regarding any proposed changes to the Indian Act or associated legislation. “We

would welcome the opportunity to meet with the Government of Canada through an

open, transparent, and mutually respectful process” says the Chief. Chief Coutorielle

will be attending the protest against Bill C-45 in Edmonton, Alberta on December

21. He encourages every citizen of MCFN to join him, “Bring the flags. We want

every Mikisew member there.”


Steve Courtoreille


(780) 838-0893

George Poitras

Chief Executive Officer

(587) 985-4954


  1. Where will the protests be? And I belong to a different first nations but I can still come?

  2. Say it loud, say it bold. Be strong and do not bow down to the visitors on your land. Your ancestors saw them come and your descendants will see them leave. Only the visitors who will respect and stand by you'll will remain.


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