SASKATOON — The Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and the David Suzuki Foundation signed a Memorandum of Understanding entitled the Gifts of the Creator/the Environment by our leadership, technicians and the David Suzuki Foundation. The signing ceremony was one of the highlights of the FSIN Spring Legislative Assembly held June 5 and 6, 2013, at the Dakota Dunes Casino on the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
Vice Chief Kimberly Jonathan acknowledges the hard work and commitment needed to reach the Memorandum of Understanding. "As original stewards of this land, First Nations must assert their rights and responsibilities in protecting the environment for future generations as we were taught by our ancestors," she said. "The David Suzuki Foundation and First Nations have a lot of common principles when it comes to respecting the environment and living in harmony with the natural balance of nature. We look forward to working together to address our common interests."
First Nations continue to maintain and assert their inherent rights and laws that originate from the land, air, and water as gifts from the Creator. In moving forward with economic development in Saskatchewan, we must all be aware of the potential impacts that such development has on the environment.
"The David Suzuki Foundation is deeply honoured to be part of an agreement with the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, one that creates a foundation of trust and respect from which we can address areas of mutual interest and concern," said Peter Robinson, Chief Executive Officer of the David Suzuki Foundation.
David Suzuki Foundation board member Miles Richardson emphasized that "First Nations are the best hope for Canada to achieve true sustainability. The David Suzuki Foundation recognizes this through our Aboriginal People's Policy, and today through the signing of this agreement with the FSIN."
The FSIN represents 74 First Nations in Saskatchewan. The Federation is committed to honouring the spirit and intent of Treaty, as well as the promotion, protection and implementation of the Treaty promises that were made more than a century ago.
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