Nation-Based Sovereign-Based Government

Recognizing our Ikwewak in our Local Nations, Nation and Government

March 8, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – In honor of International Women’s Day, the Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) would like to acknowledge that we are leading the way among Indigenous governments as we have our Ikwewak (Women) Council and Ikwewak in key leadership roles.

Our Circle Keepers are currently leading sections of our government rewriting game changing policies and legislation such as Child care and Family Services, forming a peacemaking (justice) system based on our Anishinaabe systems which will restore the balance in our local Nations and intergovernmental relations.

Our Ikwewak Council is;

  • Margaret Racette, Ebb & Flow
  • Helen Adamson, Dauphin River
  • Rose Ledoux, Gambler
  • Allison McKay, Keeseekoowenin
  • Bev Paul, Lake Manitoba
  • Lilian Morse, Lake St. Martin
  • Elva Sinclair, Little Saskatchewan
  • Vania Dumas, O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi
  • Gwen Traverse, Pinaymootang
  • Theresa Nepinak, Skownan
  • Victoria Ironstand, Tootinaowaziibeeng

Our Ikwewak have a leading role in our circles which include; Nation and Economic Development, Children, Families and Nation, Care and Protection of the Natural World, Internal and External Relations, Health and Wellbeing, Life Long Learning and Peacemaking. They are lawyers, teachers, negotiators and facilitators, mothers and grandmothers and are an integral part of our success presently and in the future of our government.

Our Ikwewak Keepers and helpers are:

  • Barb Sutherland, Administration Helper
  • Cayleen Mathews, LLL Research Helper
  • Chantell Barker-Peacemaking Keeper
  • Darlene Woodhouse, Keeper – Regional Office Pinaymootang
  • Dakota Marsden, CFN Administration Helper
  • Desiree Dorian, CFN Legal Keeper
  • Dianna Murphy, Finance and Human Resources
  • Desiree Dorion-Legal CFN Keeper
  • Donna Beyer, Life Long Learning
  • Karen Kejick, Policy Knowledge Keeper and A/Health and Wellbeing Keeper
  • Lois Stoll, Children Families and Nation Keepers
  • Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper
  • Renee McGurry, Lodge Development Keeper
  • Savannah Stagg, CFN Research/Engagement Helper

We feel we’re stronger and more balanced because of their experience and contributions and would like to thank them for their leadership and contributions to our Nation.


Philip Paul-Martin

Internal/External Communications Keeper

First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory

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Last modified: March 8, 2021

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