May 13, 2005
Below is a link to Chief Ominayak's February 8, 2005 response to a form letter on Lubicon land negotiations being sent to Lubicon supporters by Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott.
The Chief's response outlines Lubicon positions and views on Lubicon land negotiations and concludes with Lubicon proposals regarding recommencement and conduct of Lubicon land negotiations. The Chief's response is a cover letter to a package of materials sent to Minister Scott. The materials should be self explanatory if opened and read in the order below. (Please note files 2) 4) 5) 6) 7) and 8) are in pdf format.)
1 ) February 8, 2005 letter from Chief Ominayak to Minister Scott. The rest of the materials below are all attachments to this letter.
2) January 19, 2005 letter from Minister Scott. to Lubicon Legal Defense Fund Trustees White and Kaplansky. This is the form letter to which Chief Ominayak is responding on February 8.
3) October 15, 2004 letter from Minister Scott to Chief Ominayak
4) November 24, 2004 letter from Chief Ominayak.to Minister Scott
5) August 29, 2004 letter from Chief Ominayak to Minister Scott.
6) October 24, 2003 letter from Chief Ominayak to previous Indian Affairs Minister Robert Nault. This letter provides a birds-eye view of what actually transpires at the negotiating table as distinct from the way negotiations are described in self-serving form letters.
7) Secret Justice Department "Guidelines to Federal Self-Government Negotiators" effectively instructing self-government negotiators how to negotiate in bad faith and to subvert Constitutional recognition of the inherent Aboriginal Right of Self-Government. The Lubicon people did not obtain these "Guidelines" until December of 2003 after negotiations had broken down. Taken together with the description of what actually transpires at the negotiating table provided in the Chief's October 24, 2003 letter to Minister Nault, it is clear in retrospect that federal negotiators were using these "Guidelines" as their script in self-government negotiations with the Lubicon people.
8) A copy of the conclusions of an independent Commission of prominent Canadians regarding problems preventing successful negotiation of Lubicon land rights.
Lubicon supporters are urged to write and/or email Prime Minister Paul Martin and Federal Indian Affairs Minister Andy Scott at the following addresses expressing outrage over the way federal negotiators have been conducting Lubicon land negotiations and supporting Lubicon proposals regarding recommencement and conduct of Lubicon land negotiations. Specifically, supporters should ask that the Government of Canada renounce the bad faith approach outlined in the "Guidelines" and instead send a negotiator with a mandate to negotiate a full and fair settlement of Lubicon land rights in good faith.
The Right Hon. Paul Martin
House of Commons
Fax: (613) 941-6900
E-mail : Martin.P@parl.gc.ca
The Hon. Andy Scott
Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development
Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians
House of Commons
Fax: (613) 996-9955
fol-request at masses.tao.ca