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Leader sheds light on fight for treaty rights

 By Amanda Rabski-McColl  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Juno-award-winning musician and former grand chief Lawrence Martin says sometimes you have to work from within the systems in place to change things. Martin was one of the speakers at the recent Omushkego Youth Treaty Conference in Timmins. “Everyone has opinions about what the treaty is,” said Martin. “But when we look at what the legal definition of what a treaty is, from an international perspective, it says it’s a legally binding agreement between countries. Countries. So does that mean that we are part of a county? We must be.” Challenging treaty interpretation has been a part of Martin’s career for decades, and the lessons he shared with the young people focused on the 22 words that were put into Treaty 9 that

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