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Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation holds its First Governance Community Open-house

May 6, 2019

Treaty 2 Territory – Keeseekoowenin Ojibway Nation held its first community-based open house on the governance development that is beginning as a member in the collective Treaty-based government in the Treaty 2 territory. Keeseekoowenin was an original member of the Treaty 2 in 1871 and has continued to lead the territory to return to a collective nation in the territory. Members were invited to attend the open house to become informed of the work that has been transpiring in the establishment of the First Nation in Treaty 2 Territory (FNiT2T) government that was formed on June 12, 2018.  The FNiT2T carries the intention to rebuild the Community-based, Treaty-based governance government that is open to any First Nation in the Treaty 2 territory, and if others want to join, they can as well. The development of the FNiT2T is evolutionary.

At this open house, presentations on the background information about the evolution of the FNiT2T and the intentions for moving forward in reclaiming self-determination were provided and dialogue was encouraged.  Keeseekoowenin will be establishing a Governance Committee to begin the development of its own constitution and subsequent laws such as membership, education, environmental, etc. The intention will also be for each of the FNiT2T government to form a collective nation based on the Treaty 2 Territory once the First Nations have ratified their local constitution.

The first open house is a stepping stone to launch the more detailed work for drafting the constitution. Keeseekoowenin members are encouraged to get involved, to ask questions about the work moving forward and what this means in terms of nation-building and governance development.  To learn more about FNiT2T please visit the website:

Last modified: May 6, 2019

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