Hon. lean Chretien (Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development):
Mr. Speaker, I have already outlined the government's position regarding treaties signed with Northwest Territories Indians. We are aware of our obligations under such treaties and we would like to fulfil them as soon as possible but it would not be quite fair to compel Indians to accept a settlement sooner than they want it. Nevertheless, we must go on with our projects regarding northern development and I think that most Indians are wishing for as much progress as possible and this as soon as possible in the Northwest Territories.
Subtopic: INDIAN AFFAIRS
Sub-subtopic: SETTLEMENT OF TREATY CLAIMS AND ABORIGINAL RIGHTS IN RELATION TO POSSIBLE CONSTRUCTION OF NORTHERN PIPELINES