Move over, Quebec. Ovide Mercredi has jumped on the sovereignty bandwagon, too.

The National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations says he tired of constant rejection by the feds. It’s time to reclaim First Nations lands and come up with something better.

Mercredi said a range of tactics must be used to achieve these ends, including non-violent direct action. He said the AFN will offer Native leaders a training course in non-violent protest actions.

Relations between the AFN and the federal government have deteriorated for years.

Ever since Mercredi proved unable to convince a majority of Native people to support the Charlottetown Accord, the government has snubbed the AFN and treated it as if it has no credibility in Indian Country.

On a wide variety of issues, the feds have bypassed the AFN and dealt with local and regional Native leaders instead.