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‘We’re so divided in our community like we’re not all together like we used to be,’ says Louis Balsillie

Jun 18, 2019

The chief of the Deninu Kue First Nation and mayor of Fort Resolution, N.W.T., is calling on the territorial government and labour unions to give all community members the day off to celebrate Treaty Day — regardless of their status.

In a letter posted to the Deninue Kue First Nation’s Facebook page on June 12, Louis Balsillie expressed his frustration that only treaty card holders were given the day off to participate in Treaty Day events on June 13.

“I believe this is wrong and needs to be changed. We are all Treaty people and we should all honor and celebrate our Treaty together. This is how our children learn about our history.” the letter reads. “This is how we achieve reconciliation.”

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