Anyway, the point with which I want to close my remarks is this: we all have an interest in seeing there is meaningful discussion between the federal government, the provincial governments and the Indians. We all have an interest in making a sensible, new approach. It may well be that the agreements ultimately reached will vary from band to band, or from province to province. It may be these agreements will turn out to be different from the proposals made in the white paper. But we all have a stake in this and we must try to make it work. We must sit down with each other and work matters out, carry on conversations in confidence, respect each other and try as best we can to find a solution to old problems and improve on the old ways
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of doing things. I do not believe this is possible unless we are able to negotiate on the basis of respect and mutual confidence, as is the case in all other kinds of negotiation.
Subtopic: INDIAN AFFAIRS