Indigenous to their culture and identity, yet it is

Indigenous rights in Canada are recognized by the
British Royal Proclamtion of 1973 which states. On October 3rd,
1873, a treaty was signed between the Crown and Ojibway Indians. A version of
treaty 3 suggests that Grassy Narrows was given to the Canadian government as a
gift from the tribe, who allegedly signed their rights away to settlers. Many
argue that their ancestors would never agree to have their land and way of life
taken away. The
Grassy Narrows version of the treaty with the Canadian government guarantees the people
of Grassy Narrows the right to continue hunting and fishing. Grassy Narrows’
historical and legal rights are respectively recognized and affirmed under
section 25 of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and section 35(1) of
the Constitution Act, 1982. Yet the treaty has never been respected by
the government as they have consistently failed to respect Grassy Narrows’
rights to manage their territory. The environmental
injustice in Grassy Narrows is only one of the many cases where Indigenous people
are treated unfairly. This land provides the community’s
basic needs for subsistence and is essential to their culture and identity, yet
it is being mistreated by industries warranted by the government to strip it of
its resources. Thus, making it impossible for them to continue hunting and
fishing as promised in the treaty. The
community is trying to recover from the trauma of residential schools and the
community’s relocation in the 1960s, after hydroelectric development flooded
the land. These Government policies forcibly removed indigenous communities to
areas unsuited to their traditional ways of living. In 1973, The people of
Grassy of Grassy Narrows were relocated to Kenora. They were promised housing,
electricity, sewage systems, more schools and proper roads. When the people
resisted the move, they threatened to cut off their Family Allowance checks.

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