By Shari Narine Local Journalism Initiative Reporter Next spring when Anita Cardinal takes her oath to practise law in Alberta, she’s confident it won’t include swearing allegiance to the king or his heirs and successors. Cardinal is one of three Indigenous women engaged in legal action against the province and the Law Society of Alberta, the self-governing body that sets standards for Alberta lawyers, to ensure that doesn’t happen. “That oath in itself is disregarding the full meaning of the treaties and how that was between two sovereign nations. As Indigenous people, we cannot swear (allegiance) because that would be admitting the Crown is our sovereign and the Crown is not. We are our own sovereign people,” said Cardinal, a member of the Woodland Cree First Nation. “No allegiance to
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