Dene leaders are looking forward to discussing treaty and Aboriginal rights with Canada’s new Governor General.

“As the new representative of the Crown, we encourage Governor General (Julie) Payette to come to the north,” stated Dene National Chief Bill Erasmus in a news release Monday. He added that unlike many Canadians, who view the Governor General and Queen in a “symbolic way,” First Nations have a “direct legal relationship” with her. Payette was sworn in as the 29th Governor General of Canada on Monday.

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