November 20, 1969 (28th Parliament, 2nd Session)

PC

Frederick Johnstone (Jack) Bigg

Progressive Conservative

Mr. Bigg:

I understand and appreciate what they are doing, but my skin is thick. It has been toughened by the western winds and the cold of the western north, but I do not speak with a forked tongue. I do not believe this government recognizes Indian treaties. I intend to soon resume my seat, but if I did not say this the rocks of Canada would cry out in defence of the Indian. We must start with a solemn recognition of their treaties before the Indians will listen to us. I know these people very well. They sit quietly and listen; their manners are better than ours. They will sit and listen to the minister and the deputy minister, but they would listen more intently if the government assured them that their treaties would be honoured. If it is suggested that their treaties, signed by the great white mother in England, have no meaning or validity, we will get nowhere.

Topic:   PRIVATE MEMBERS' MOTIONS FOR PAPERS
Subtopic:   INDIAN AFFAIRS
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