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First Nations want private meeting with Queen

Native leaders in Alberta are seeking a private meeting with the Queen of England during her royal visit to Canada.

The Queen and Prince Philip will be in Alberta and Saskatchewan this month. They will pay tribute to Native veterans and will have dinner with Native leaders at an official state dinner. Philip will also meet with Native leaders in Alberta.

But Native leaders say that isn't enough. "They asked us to be there in our buckskins and feathers," Tsuu T'ina Chief Sandford Big Plume was quoted as saying. "Our contribution should be more than symbolic."

First Nations signed treaties with the Queen in the late 1800s.

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First Nations say they're left out of royal visit (CBC 5/11)
Natives decry 'token' presence for Queen's visit (The Globe and Mail 5/11)