04/26/2016 10:29 EDT | Updated 04/27/2017 01:12 EDT

Alberta signs deal with Treaty 8 to improve problem-solving on range of issues

EDMONTON — The Alberta government has signed a framework deal with its Treaty 8 First Nations to take a more hands-on approach to solving problems on a range of issues.

The deal creates working groups to deal with issues in areas such as health, education, and infrastructure.

It was signed by Premier Rachel Notley and deputy grand Chief Isaac Laboucan-Avirom at the legislature.

Laboucan-Avirom says change is needed, adding that his people are receiving a second-class education and are not getting the full financial benefit from natural resources on their land.

Notley says the framework is designed to chase problems early rather than react to them, and to ensure that First Nations people have the resources and opportunities necessary to chart their own future.

Treaty 8 was signed in 1899 and includes all of northern Alberta.