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Empowering First Nations families

  • Modernizing treaty annuities to reflect land values

  • Extending annuities to all Status FN families

Sheila North

former Grand Chief of Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO)

"I see the winds of change sweeping our homeland as our demands for respect and honour are finally being heard."

Ed Schreyer

former Governor General of Canada

"That Treaty annuity payments remaining frozen at $5 after almost 150 years is clearly an unconscionable absurdity."

Wayne Helgason

recent special adviser to the federal Minister of ESDC

"Modernized annuities could lift a great many of Canada's First Nation children out of poverty, not just in FN communities but in cities, too."

Sheilla Jones

Senior Fellow,  Frontier Centre for Public Policy

"There can be no reconciliation until ordinary First Nations families are empowered to decide for themselves how they want to live and be governed."

News and features

Replay: Let the People Speak (18:20) introduces the key ideas presented in the newly released book on Indigenous politics, Let the People Speak, including the necessity of modern-era first people and settlers coming together to rewrite our relationship, in the spirit of reconciliation.

   The origin of a potentially ground-breaking step toward meaningful reconciliation between Canada's first people and settlers can be laid at the feet of Métis leader Louis Riel. Literally.

Toronto Star, December 23, 2019

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APTN National News on Facebook

With Sheilla Jones, Sheila North, and APTN host Melissa Ridgen. September 6, 2019

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Sheila North (left) and Sheilla Jones (right) sign copies of Let the People Speak: Oppression in a time of reconciliation

REVIEW: Winnipeg Free Press, February 15, 2020

Sheila North and Sheilla Jones book launch

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