REGINA - Today, Official Opposition Leader Carla Beck and Critic for First Nations and Métis Relations Betty Nippi-Albright were joined by a delegation of Indigenous leaders from Fishing Lake First Nation, Kawacatoose First Nation, Cote First Nation and the Anishinabe Nation Treaty Authority for a Day of Action. Together, they called on Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government to overhaul the Duty to Consult process by enshrining it in law.
“Scott Moe’s Sask. Party government has no credible plan to stop the sale of Crown lands or address the high rates of suicide, poverty and negative health outcomes affecting Indigenous communities,” said Beck. “You know the government is unresponsive when Indigenous leaders have to brave an Alberta clipper just to get a word in at the legislature.”
Indigenous leaders stood with Nippi-Albright as she today tabled her new Bill 610, The Meaningful Duty to Consult Act. Under the current framework, it is up to the Saskatchewan government to assess whether a project triggers the duty to consult with no input from the impacted Indigenous community. Nippi-Albright’s legislation would codify the government’s obligations on consultation with Indigenous communities and add consistency and language clarifying when the policy would be triggered.
“It’s all lip-service and nice gestures with Scott Moe’s government, and Indigenous leaders have had enough,” said Nippi-Albright. “Indigenous leaders are unequivocal: the Sask. Party’s consultations are disrespectful and simply allow the government to check a box saying they’ve consulted folks. The Meaningful Duty to Consult Act will put us on the path to meaningful engagement and I urge the Sask. Party MLAs to get on board and support it.”