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AFN under fire for ‘We Are All Treaty People, Except Métis and Inuit’ campaign

The Assembly of First Nations has come under fire for its new educational campaign, We Are All Treaty People, Except for Métis and Inuit.

The campaign, a series of posters distributed to Indigenous organizations across the country and displayed in many urban areas, is meant to highlight the special relationship between Canada and First Nations, which is founded in historical treaties signed between the two.

“Well, come on,” said AFN Regional Chief George Erasmus. “It’s true.”

However, the campaign has raised the ire of Métis, Inuit and non-Status groups, who were not part of the original historical treaty process with the Crown.

“Yeah, we get it, you guys signed treaties,” said a visibly annoyed Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami.

Some of the posters simply feature a photograph of the National Chief captioned with the message, We Are All Treaty People But Some Of Us Are More Treatier Than Others.