|CPPAS chair Ian McCreary of Bladworth talking pastures issues with Graeme Gibson (image courtesy of Branimir Gjetvaj)|
Rushing things appears to be a way to intimidate the patron groups into accepting terms in a "take it or leave it" proposition. Meanwhile, there are not so subtle messages coming from various quarters suggesting that if the patrons do not take what is offered now, there are third parties waiting in the wings for their chance to snap up the leases. Before that happens, though, there is another interested party with a very strong legal position. Today, they spoke up loud and clear.
|FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde|
Federation of Saskatchewan First Nations head, Perry Bellegarde published an op-ed in the Saskatoon Star-Phoenix that everyone who is interested in what happens to the PFRA pastures needs to read.
“I cannot stress enough the importance of our groups working together and forming partnerships to ensure the conservation and protection of our ecological values and the diversity of Saskatchewan’s rich grasslands, as well as to ensure that the Crown meets its lawful obligation to satisfy outstanding Treaty Land Entitlements.” – Perry Bellegarde, FSIN chiefToo often forgotten in the discussion of what will happen to the pastures, the First Nations voice has the potential to resolve the issues that seem to be separating private and public interests in these critically important native grasslands.
|The beautiful Auvergne Wise Creek PFRA Pasture--as of today, still under federal management|