The Ka´tl’odeeche First Nation in Hay River says it opposes and condemns the provocative installation of a sign this week by the Northwest Territory Metis Nation at the junction of Highways 2 and 5 that welcomes visitors to the NWTMN ‘traditional territory’.
According to a news release from the KFN issued Wednesday night, it is not the Metis Nation’s traditional territory and never has been.
KFN Chief April Martel wants the Metis Nation and the public to know that the KFN has and will fight the ongoing attempt by the NWT Metis Nation to claim lands that do not traditionally belong to them.
She If the sign is not removed in the immediate future, KFN will be taking decisive action to address this situation.
Martel says that by erecting the sign against the wishes and advice of the Ka´tl’odeeche First Nation, the NWT Metis Nation has clearly indicated that it does not respect traditional protocols, Treaty rights, or the inherent Aboriginal rights of the KFN ancestors, elders, and current members who have traveled and lived within the KFN Traditional Territory long before any Metis moved to the Town of Hay River.
The NWTMN was aware of KFN’s concerns about the installation of a sign at this location.
Back in August, NWT Metis Nation President Garry Bailey told CKLB that they don’t dispute that’s it’s KFN traditional territory, but that the two organizations could share claims to the region.