The office of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations was created in the spring of 1993. Its purpose: to serve as the united political voice for those First Nations of Treaty Six who were involved, because they believe that there is a need for fundamental treaty and human rights of First Nations people to be protected.
The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations is dedicated to ensuring that the terms, spirit, and intent of Treaty Six are honoured and respected. The right of First Nations to self-determination must be honoured and respected – this includes the right to choose their own government and political structures, and to determine and direct the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic advancement of their people.
The Confederacy strives to fulfill its mandates through its primary functions, which include, but are not limited to:
- Monitoring legislation’s and policies that affect treaty rights
- Assisting the First Nations to develop treaty positions, policies, and programs
- Educating people about treaties, through acting as a clearing house of information
- Conducting workshops and seminars
- Liaising with other organizations concerned with treaty issues
The Chiefs and Elders of the member First Nations have mandated the Confederacy to:
- Advocate, protect, and enhance treaty rights
- Reestablish the bilateral nation-to-nation relationship with the Imperial Crown, as confirmed by treaty
- Lobby the international community, the United Nations, and other International fora for:
- Recognition as nations with the right to self-determination
- Respect for the International status of our treaty
- The establishment of an International Agency to monitor treaty violations
- Promote respect for Mother Earth