A First Nations leader in Alberta is questioning Premier Danielle Smith’s claim to aboriginal heritage.
Smith said she has some Cherokee roots and declared herself of mixed race in 2012.
Chief Tony Alexis of Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation says that a true indigenous person will not go against treaty people.
He made the comment at a news conference where leaders of Treaties 6, 7 and 8 say they oppose Smith’s plan to introduce an Alberta sovereignty law that would allow her government to opt out of federal measures deemed harmful. considered for provincial interests.
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An investigation by APTN this week into Smith’s family tree found no evidence that Smith is Native.
In response, the prime minister’s office said Smith was proud of her roots and, like many Canadians, had heard of her ancestry from loved ones, adding that she had not done a deep dive into her ancestry.