"That's what the whole exercise was about. It was to make us Canadians, and we never had a discussion about that… I think people want to participate in Canadian society, but they need to participate on conditions (nation to nation) that they entered into with the Crown..." - Bill Erasmus, national chief of the Dene Nation in the Northwest Territories."
“…They don’t want us to get out of that box (Indian Act) and that’s what these policies are about…getting our leaders to sign off on it and getting us as people to ratify what our leaders are signing off on. That’s how it works.”-Russell Diablo.
“Just yesterday a major cobalt mining company pulled out of their intention to mine in the Ring of Fire (northern Ontario); and they cited the fact that they pulled out because they felt that there was too much risk and uncertainty because of the government’s failure to mitigate aboriginal title claims in that region.”
“Aboriginal Affairs spending on Aboriginal matters rose to $7.9-billion in 2012 from $79-million in 1947), or relative to total government program spending, or relative to health benefits provided exclusively to First Nations and Inuit people, taxpayers have been increasingly generous to Canada's Aboriginal peoples.”-Marc Milke, Senior Fellow, the Fraser Institute.
"INM was never about people that are already hard core rocking and rolling in the movement…for whatever reason INM struck right into the heart of the indifference and the apathy that has been so prevalent in the native community in our country. The energies (of INM) must be harnessed and directed appropriately and must bring together the right mix of vision, strategy and demographic organizing that the convergence of different movements putting forward a clear vision for radical transformation."