THUNDER BAY – In Toronto today, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Stan Beardy reminded His Royal Highness, Prince Charles of its Treaty relationship between the Crown and Treaties 9 and 5 today, when he met with the Prince in Toronto. Grand Chief Beardy handed the Prince a book on behalf of NAN that details the complete story behind the signing of one of North America’s largest land treaties.
When Beardy handed over the book, titled Treaty No. 9 – Making the Agreement to Share the Land in Far Northern Ontario in 1905, he reminded the Prince how important Treaty relationships are and how relevant they are today. The Prince responded by saying he is aware of the Treaty responsibilities and is looking forward to meeting with other First Nation leaders later in his Canadian visit.
“It is very important that we strengthen the Treaty relations between the people of Treaties 9 and 5 and the Crown,” said Beardy. “It is because of Treaty relations that allows third parties to access our natural resources.”