Traduction Anglaise de la Déclaration de Souveraineté d’Atikamekw Nehirowisiw

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ATIKAMEKW NEHIROWISIW DECLARATION OF SOVEREIGNTY

We, Atikamekw Nehirowisiw, are a fully-fledged Nation under Atikamekw Tiperitamowin, the atikamekw governance. We, Atikamekw Nehirowisiw, maintain our souvereignty on Nitaskinan, an ancestrial territory handed down by our ancestors since time immemorial.

Nitaskinan is the most sacred of our patrimony and heritage. Our Creator wanted us to live in harmony with Nikawinan Aski, our Mother Earth, giving us the right to occupy it and the duty to protect it. Nitaskinan shaped our way of life and our language; that is what distinguishes us from others Nations.

Atikamekw Nehiromowin, this common language that unite us and carries all our entire existence, is an expression of our heritage. The transmission of our culture, our values and our fundamental knowledge continues since the dawn of time through our oral tradition. This is how the patrimony and the heritage of Atikamekw Nehirowisiw perpetuate. These are the richnesses that we want to give to our futures generations.

The application of our sovereignty means our occupation of Nitaskinan, the practices of our traditional activities and the establishment of relations with others Nations as vehiculate by our oral traditions and by the Wampums. Atikamekw Nehirowisiw always maintained harmonious relationships with adjacent Nations: the Innu in the east, the Eeyou in the north, the Abanaki Iriniw in the south and the Anishnabe in the west.

Atikamekw Nehirowisiw intend to maintain and exercise territorial governance throughout Nitaskinan. In order to do this, Atikamekw Nehirowisiw has the will to make his people a inescapable political and economical authority.

The consent of Atikamekw Nehirowisiw is a requirement for all development, use or exploitation of the ressources located in Nitaskinan. The sustainability of Nitaskinan’s ressources will have to be ensured and the traditional occupation of Atikamekw Nehirowisiw respected.

At any time, the protection of Nitaskinan, the defense of his lifestyle and his aspirations will animate the actions of Atikamekw Nehirowisiw and the current and future of his institutions. In this regard, Atikamekw Nehirowisiw will use whatever means that he will judge appropriate for the defense of his rights and his interests.

We are not Canadians, we are not Quebeckers, we are Atikamekw Nehirowisiw and we belong to Nitaskinan.

Nisitotamokw, acknowledge,

Atikamekw Nehirowisiw, Nitaskinan

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