“…there will be consequences,” he said during his closing remarks.
“As National Chief we have to bring about policy and legislative change…. As First Nations Peoples we’re all about setting the agenda. Through strong advocacy we’ve influenced the Liberal Party platform,” explained Bellegarde as he was interviewed by APTN reporter Jorge Barrera. (Facebook live streaming) July 26, 2018. Bellegarde continued,
“We’re not responding to them, they are responding to us! We have to have access to the decision makers, and we have good access now and that’s all that represents. I have good relationships with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, and all the Ministers in Cabinet, that’s a positive thing. I’m opening doors for (national) Chiefs to come in. I hear that continuously across Canada.”
“We lost an opportunity, because the AFN didn’t step forward and use its leadership role. We could have stood people across the country in areas of economic importance and brought the economy to a grinding halt, we could have negotiated our place in society.”-APTN July 23, 2018.
“…Poverty and revenue sharing arrangements will need to be addressed because without the wealth or resources and development opportunities provided by their traditional territories, most First Nations cannot cope with the financial requirements of government…As such new treaties will have to be negotiated-especially where no treaties exist.”
“…it will require Indigenous-Canadian political imagination. It creates a future where multiple sovereignties exist in the same geographic space without exploitation; where self-determined Indigenous governments are engaged as constitutional partners; where there are material redistributions of power that give force to Indigenous rights.” https://www.macleans.ca/politics/ottawa/the-trickery-behind-justin-trudeaus-reconciliation-talk/