Swan River First Nation is one of the original signatories to Treaty No. 8 that was signed on the southern shore if Lesser Slave Lake in 1899.
One of the guiding principles of Swan River’s consultation department is to protect their Treaty Rights. Below is an expert from the Treaty:
And Her Majesty the Queen HEREBY AGREES with the said Indians that they shall have the right to pursue their usual vocations of hunting, trapping and fishing throughout the tract surrendered as heretofore described, subject to such regulations as may from time be made by the Government of the country, setting under the authority of Her Majesty, and saving and expecting such tracts as may be required or taken up from time to time for settlement, mining, lumbering, trading or other purposes.