Don’t expect “magical” things from PM meeting with chiefs: Mitchell

The First Nation Crown summit is just over two weeks away.

APTN National News
The First Nation Crown summit is just over two weeks away.

On Jan. 24 chiefs will sit and talk, nation to nation with Canada’s prime minister about issues that impact First Nation people across the country.

In the run-up to the meeting, APTN National News will be asking chiefs of their expectations for the meeting.

Akwesasne Grand Chief Mike Mitchell says he doesn’t expect “magical things” from the meeting.

“Do I place a degree of importance on the upcoming meeting? Definitely,” said Mitchell. “But do I have expectations that some wonderful things, some magical things are going to happen? No, I don’t. But I do expect some things to be acknowledged, some basic things and that is where we go back to…treaties and how long do we want to maintain that this is a Treaty relationship. I think that is the cornerstone of our relationship: Treaties and Aboriginal rights.”

Online Producer / Ottawa

Before moving to become the APTN News social media producer, Mark was the executive producer for the news in eastern Canada. Before starting with APTN in 2009, Mark worked at CBC Radio and Television in Newfoundland and Labrador and Ottawa.