June 21, 2004
COMMISSION ON FIRST NATIONS AND MÉTIS PEOPLES
AND JUSTICE REFORM TO RELEASE FINAL REPORT
SASKATOON – The Commission on First Nations and
Métis Peoples and Justice Reform will release its final report on Monday, June
Chair Willie Littlechild says the report contains
a number of themes designed to return justice to First Nations and Métis
"It is obvious to the Commission that there is no
better place to find solutions to the problems facing First Nations and Métis
people than in their own communities," says Littlechild, who chairs the
Commission that was created in November 2001. "Justice must be transformed to
incorporate First Nations and Métis culture, traditions and beliefs."
The report, which includes two volumes, is
entitled Legacy of Hope, a theme that has accompanied the Commission over
the past two and a half years.
"Over the last three decades dozens of
Commissions and studies have produced hundreds of recommendations," notes
Littlechild. "Many of these recommendations have been implemented but many have
been ignored. Despite the efforts of these Commissions little has changed in
terms of improving the lives of First Nations and Métis people."
Littlechild says an important element of this
Commission’s work is the call for ‘Champions for Change’, people who will carry
on the work of the Commission and strive to see that reforms are implemented. As
well, Littlechild points out, a working group consisting of representatives of
the federal and provincial government, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian
Nations and Métis Nation – Saskatchewan have been meeting to discuss the
establishment of an implementation vehicle that will succeed this Commission.
The interim report will be released at a news
conference to be held at 10:00 a.m. at the Top of the Inn in the Sheraton
Cavalier in Saskatoon.
For Further Information Contact:
Director of Communications
Commission on First Nations and Métis Peoples and Justice Reform
(306) 964-1212 or (306) 227-4350