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Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - August 9, 1973, Lethbridge, Alberta Government is willing to negotiate claims with provincial help Aujuit TMI LfTHMIDOl HIKALft OTTAWA The gov- ernment is willing to negotiate native land claims vrith the ac- tive help of provincial govern- Indian Affairs Ministw Jean Chretien said Wednesday. He told a news conference the government is prepared to dis- cuss Indian and Eskimo claims their traditional interest in the lands concerned can be The government vould be prepared to offer agreed form of compensation or benefit to native peoples in return for their Not all the lands concerned were under the sole authority of federal government. Some concerned provincial govern- ment. Mr. Chretien said the provin- cial governments should partici- pate in the talks and should provide compensation. The government already has bagun negotiations with the Yu- kon Native Brotherhood and the Yukon Association of Non- Status Indians. the government JEAN CHRETIEN had taken the position that aboriginal claims were too vague unless covered by spe- cific treaties. The Yukon Native Brotherhood represents Indians who are not covered by treaty. Mr. Chretien said today that the government prefers settling native claims hrough negotia- tions rather than through court action. Referring to the Nishga In- dian court the minister said the government is reai-y to discuss their claims with the partidption of the British Co- lumbia government. The Nishga Indian cleans werd rejected in a close deci- sion by the Supreme Court of but Prime minister Trudeau said later the Nishga group appeared to have more rights than he thought. The minister said that imiSor- tant legal issues concerning In- dians in Northern Quebec now are before the courts. federal government still i believes that negotiation is the best way to achieve the results desired by all parties concerned and it will continue in its efforts to resolve the Ottawa also was ready to dis- j cuss claims by Northwest Terri- j tories Indian and Eskimo j groups. I Touching on the aboriginal rights Mr. Chretien all these cases where fae traditional interest in land has not been formally dealt the government its willingness to do so and accepts hi principle that the loss and re- linquishmsnt of that interest ought to be The minister that in other areas where there were no the govern- ment felt that claims are of a character. sreas included southern Quebec and the Atlantic provinces. The government was studying j the claims. i But 'strained relations' could hamper B.C talks OTTAWA The strained re- lations between Ottawa and Vic- toria over Indian claims in the province was one of the factors leading up to the dismissal of Frank Calder from the B.C. cabinet July it has been learned. The Nishga hereditary chief was fired as minister without portfolio by Premier Dave Bar- rett for what the premier de- scribed as Calder's failure to be about an incident involving a woman who was charged with impaired driving in Victoria last April. Barrett stated that he had lost con- fidence in his But it appears that the in- cident was only the last of a series of actions by Calder which made his position inside the NDP cabinet in Victoria un- tenable. While the final cause of FRANK CALDER his dismissal involved the per- sonal affairs of the the deeper difference between Calder and the rest of Barrett's cabinet was involving Indian affairs. According to sources within Barrett's Calder was working too closely with the federal liberals in seeking set- tlement of the Nishga land claims in B.C. Federal government sources credit Calder with helping to get Ottawa to recognize the need for a political settlement of these claims following s decision of the Supreme Court of Canada on then- legality. It was after Calder led an In- dian delegation to Ottawa early this year that Ottawa recog- nized an obligation on the part of the federal and provincial governments to provide some compensation for land taken from Indian including the in violation of rights which they traditionally enjoyed. Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien has written to the B.C. government a number of times since then calling for federal- provincial discussions on the form of compensation. a spokesman in Chretien's office said the B.C. government so far has not even replied to the letters. 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