Premier and Treaty 8 Chiefs of Alberta meet
Premier Rachel Notley and Chiefs of Treaty 8 First Nations held their first annual meeting to discuss progress on the Treaty 8 Protocol Agreement.
Signed in April 2016, the agreement established a commitment by the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta and government to meet and address priority issues, which include:
- women and children
- consultation development and the environment
- economy and employment
“Our work together through the protocol agreement is vital to forging a meaningful path forward with the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. Through this agreement, we are able to strengthen our relationship and fulfil a shared vision to make life better for First Nations people in Alberta.”
“The Chiefs of Treaty 8 (Alberta) and the Premier, with her cabinet, have made a commitment to consider action-oriented solutions that can help our communities. We must be partners in the implementation of these solutions so that everyone – First Nations and Albertans – lives in prosperous, healthy communities.”
Since the signing, progress on the Treaty 8 Protocol Agreement includes commitments to:
- work on language and culture revitalization
- address health gaps through culturally-based health-care approaches
- explore an economic development strategy for the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta
Premier Notley committed to holding annual meetings with the Chiefs of the Treaty 8 First Nations and government ministers to discuss the agreement.