The new NTA (National Treaty Alliance) is a good idea; it's
exciting and positive.
From my perspective, seeing what has happened in Ottawa, no
matter whether the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) as is, a
restructured AFN, or a new National Treaty Alliance becomes
the main political body advocating for First Nations (FNs),
the Harper Government will continue to stonewall FNs.
A new or restructured FN political body is a good plan, but
things need to change in Ottawa too. We need a new
FN-federal government relationship equivalent to the
relationship that occurred with the Kelowna Accord in 2005.
we need to restructure the Department of Aboriginal Affairs
and Northern Development (AANDC) or INAC so that the
Minister and the departmental bureaucrats no longer have
complete control over funding decisions to individual FN
bands and FN political organizations such as AFN, AMC and