Nation-Based Sovereign-Based Government

Constitutional Development – Local Nations across the Treaty 2 Territory

September 19, 2019

Treaty 2 Territory – Constitutional Development is a major focus for the Nations and the Treaty 2 Territory. Over the last year or so, the leadership and staff of the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) has been actively communicating and providing information on the goals for reclaiming the Treaty 2 Territory and rebuilding local governance.

Since 1876, our Anishinaabek have been governed by the Indian Act legislation, it does not support the Nation to be self-determining, self-governing. The time to return and restructure the ways of governing that the members design and approve, is long overdue. Law making supports that movement and returns the ownership for governance back to the Local Nations and their members.

In the Treaty 2 Territory exists many Nations, it is a diverse area with many different treaty and non-treaty Nations (please refer to the Treaty 2 territory map) but one aspect they all share is interest in the territory and what happens in that area. A treaty territory constitution made up of adjoining Nations will outline how they will govern the territory they share.

Therefore, the objectives for constitutional development is two-fold:

  1. Local Nation constitution: a) A Local Nation Helper (LNH) that is located in the community will support the development of the local constitution with the advisement and guidance of a Governance Committee. The committee is made up of members who have either been appointed by the Local Nation’s leadership or who have volunteered to participate. b) The LNH provides consistent communication to the membership on the developmental process and is the key person to organize the participation and share the information to the Nation’s leaders and members.
  2. Territorial constitution: a) A collective, territory constitution will be established. This constitution will be created with the collective participation of the Nation’s leaders and the Chairs of each of the FNT2T Councils (Knowledge Council, Women Council; Mens Council; Youth Council). b) The territory constitution is inclusive to all Local Nations in the Treaty 2 territory who chose to join together on matters of the territory; local governance or specific treaty number or non treaty status is not the focus.

The process of development at both stages, will be inclusive of leadership, elders, women, men, women, youth – basically, all members. Engagement sessions will be held locally and on a territory level with the intention to inform the people and receive recommendations for further development.  Websites are being created for each Local Nation for their members living away from the territory to follow; as well the FNT2T website and Regional Offices provides a lot of information. All development is open to members of the Nations and recommendations are welcomed and encouraged.  Please participate in the development sessions and bring your recommendations!

Regional Offices:

Darlene Woodhouse, Regional Office Pinaymootang – 204.638.3797 Ext 1010

Lana Racette, Special Projects Keeper – 204.638.3797 Ext 1007

Scott Lynxleg, Regional Office Dauphin – 204.638.3797 Ext 1009

Updated: 7 July 2020

Last modified: July 7, 2020

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