Interview with Joe Daigneault - Sipisishk/Beauval Metis Local President

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Interview with Joe Daigneault - Sipisishk/Beauval Metis Local President

The recent court decisions, as in the "Danials Decision", recognizing inherent and treaty-making rights of the Metis. He clarifies the status of Metis locals and the role of the Metis Nation of Saskatchewan in confirming the Metis as rights-bearing people and communities. 

He explains the history of infrastructure development in northern Saskatchewan, when in the 1970's the Federal government funded our water/sewer, school, gymnasium, airport and housing projects. Project development now requires a duty to consult and accommodate Indigenous communities for impacts. 

The challenges that Metis Local President faces in responding to projects such as Sask Power who want to spray herbicides on transmission lines. These activities impact medicines, organic wild rice and other harvesting/foraging activities. 

Government relations are challenging as the crown enforces and develops policy. The Metis locals are underfunded to respond and support our families in protecting their rights and property. He describes the incident where the Provincial Government removes a Metis traditional resource user cabin and their belongings, and no support from the Metis nation to defend these rights. 

He believes that the North West Metis land claim is a significant move to address the recognition of Metis self-governing locals, and the role a Metis North-West Council could plan in mapping and research. The importance of nurturing relations with the Cree and Dene first nations to work together on common issues and investments. He shares his experiences on the timber, wild rice and tourism industry with the North West Communities. 

He regrets that the Federal Cabinet has not yet recognized the Ile a La Crosse boarding school as a federal residential school, when there was no difference in administration or intention. 

The recognition and preservation of Metis cultural and historical spaces, so families can re-claim, celebrate and occupy their homelands is his greatest hope. 

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Video Upload Date: November 24, 2022
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