Province and FSIN sign pact to talk
"Bilateral protocal" commits both sides
The provincial government and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) made it official today.
They're going to talk.
It's official because the two groups put it in writing.
Premier Brad Wall and FSIN Chief Perry Bellegarde signed the "bilateral protocal" in Saskatoon.
It commits the government and the province's largest First Nation group to discussing matters of mutual interest.
"It signals a strong commitment to really collaboratively work together. It's formalized, it's not just informal meetings anymore," Bellegarde said.
Wall added that nothing is off limits.
"We don't want to exclude anything and so, as we meet, whether it's chief and myself or whether it's ministers and vice-chiefs or officials, each come with the points we want to discuss," he said.
The protocal does not specify a timetable for the meetings.