Treaty 2 Territory – The Nation, First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory, and local Nations assert the right to govern through these Seven steps of rebuilding.
Embracing and exercising agency in change. It is important to understand change and how to support it in rebuilding our Local Nations. Members and leaders prepare to support change.
With change, comes clear vision. Local Nation members will create such vision. Mandating change will be in the hands of members. Change comes from within.
The territory-mapping process is two-fold: the physical map and knowing your traditional, territorial, ancestral lands. This map will take time and will include all members of Local Nations. Moving forward requires your Nation to have a clear vision while documenting lessons learned and adapting to change.
Our Local Nations have ancestral and inherent rights. These rights must be learned and understood. The call for change and vision will increase with this deeper understanding. These rights are not documented. They are passed on by our ancestors and members of our Local Nations. The responsibility is ours to learn and understand these rights.
Decolonization requires dismantling the Indian Act. It is a paternalistic document governing the lives of our Local Nations. It was enforced five years after Treaty was made with the Crown. A pathway should be determined by developing a Nation’s ancestral laws. With this, our Nation will prosper in the very way that our ancestors intended when they made treaty.
The principle of Nation Self-Determination has been in existence for generations. This is derived from our culture and spirituality; this is essential structure of our natural law.
Life Long Learning will support Nations in this process. Learning our history and our ancestral ways utilizing a modern approach will support change and vision. We must exercise belief and faith in ourselves and our Nation for everyone to build and move forward. Practicing positivity in change processes will support the delivery of goals and vision. The responsibility of learning and preserving our ways and languages is ours—and ours alone.
Last modified: April 19, 2020