Saturday, April 15, 2006

Native Americans and Canadian First Nations Summit

Representatives from the Native Canadian and Native American aboriginal peoples, governments and law enforcement officials recently discussed cross-border security and management issues. "The Canada-U.S. border is not the creation of the First Peoples of this land," said Assembly of First Nations National Chief Phil Fontaine. "Historically, our people moved freely throughout our territory and across what is now the border. We recognize that border security is a key concern for all North Americans, and this summit is an opportunity to find ways to address those concerns while ensuring that the rights of First Nations on both sides of the border are respected and protected." The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and the St. Regis Mohawk Tribe hosted the gathering. Akwesasne straddles the Canadian-US border in Ontario, Quebec, and the state of New York.

For artwork from the Native American and Canadian First Nations people, see Free Spirit Gallery.

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