Alberta’s government struck a landmark agreement yesterday to work more closely with aboriginal groups; a move some chiefs say is a new beginning to tackling challenges in First Nations communities.

The historic protocol agreement between the government and Grand Chiefs of Treaty 6, 7, and 8 will set up annual talks between the chiefs and the premier on aboriginal concerns.

It also sets out further consultations between aboriginal leaders and cabinet ministers to discuss
land and resource development.


“We realize this is not a perfect document, but it is a good start and it is something that we can build upon,” said Treaty 6 Chief Stanley Lagrelle during a ceremony yesterday afternoon.

Premier Ed Stelmach, wore a ceremonial headdress after being named honorary chief of the Blood Tribe last summer.