In 1899 several First Nations situated in present-day northern Alberta entered into Treaty No. 8 with Canada and Treaty No. 8 was ratified by the Governor-in-Council on February 20, 1900, by Order in Council 363;
Some First Nations in Treaties 6 and 8 have settled through litigation and negotiation, compensation for a long outstanding treaty commitment referred to as ‘Cows and Ploughs’ and 'Bullets and Twine' for members of their First Nation;
First Nation individuals who are not accepted as members of their Bands are not included in the settlements but are recognized by the Federal Government as status Indians who are citizens of a treaty nation; and
Individual First Nations recognized by the Federal Government as status Indians, and who are not recognized by First Nations as members of their Bands should be entitled to the same benefits and entitlements as individuals who have equal rights.
We, the undersigned, First Nation individuals who are not accepted as members of their First Nation Bands, but are citizens of a nation under a treaty, call upon the Government of Canada to ensure that all First Nation individuals recognized as status Indians, and who are recognized as citizens of a treaty nation by the Federal Government, regardless of their acceptance as a member of a band, be entitled to all treaty compensations and entitlements including "Cows and Ploughs" and "Bullets and Twine" as descendants and citizens of a treaty nation.
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