Treaty Two First Nations have written Manitoba Premier Greg Selinger to caution against the use of their territory for Manitoba Hydro's proposed Bipole III project, reminding the Premier of his constitutionally mandated duty to consult with First Nations.
During a council held at Ebb & Flow Reserve April 26, 2012 seven of the nine Treaty Two First Nations decided to take a united collective treaty-based approach to questions regarding the proposed Bipole III project.
Treaty Two was signed in 1871 explicitly for the purposes of "obtaining consent" of the indigenous peoples for the sharing of their lands for purposes "of immigration and settlement."
"Bipole III goes far beyond the permission given through Treaty," because it is being built primarily to export power stated Treaty Two co-chairs Chief Norman Bone of Keeseekoowenin Objibway Nation and Chief Barry Swan of Lake Manitoba First Nation in their letter to the Premier.
View April 26, 2012 Annishaabe Agowidiiwinan (Treaty Two) press release
View May 2012 Skownan First Nation article