Nation-Based Sovereign-Based Government

Youth Council direct Anishinaabe governing practices to frame their terms

March 27, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – For the Youth Council, Local Nation youth are the most important source of Inakonigewin. The youth are well positioned to take on the next generation of the good fight. And in order to skillfully prepare youth mobilization is a necessary part of this.

Youth Council Niigaanii called for governing sessions to ignite local nation led youth councils. Part of this nation-building process is to provide opportunities to learn about inherent law making, treaty implementation, policy advocacy strategies and the Anishinaabe way of governing.

In the context of knowledge translation, Circle Keepers provided high-level updates on the political circle – Treaty-Crown relations with the Canada Table. The Trust and Treasury Inakonigewin and the Minobimaadiziiwin Inherent Inakonigewin were presented to the youth leadership.

“As an Anishinaabe government our democratic process is principled and embodies inclusion and consensus building. It’s really important that we gather the youth so that their voice is heard and that they begin to connect to their specific purpose in the protection and promotion of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan and Territory. –  Kristian Stagg, Youth Council Chair

The Mino-Bimaadiziiwin Inakonigewin provides the distinction based self-determined path to health and wellbeing. The gaagwechimiigewin principle within our Inakonigewin allows for the process to include all our partners in the Territory as a source of law. The Government of Canada has received our intentions to participate in the co-development of Indigenous Health Legislation.

The Trust and Treasury Inakonigewin establishes the framework for direct fiscal transfer agreements from Ottawa to the Treaty 2 Territory. Within the sovereign based framework – it’s a mechanism that is a much needed to shift away from the limitations of contribution agreements.

There will be a series of meetings that are set to commence – And as a way to actively engage the Youth Council is to present updates on MTN. Live in the coming days.

“It is our Anishinaabe legal imperative to include the Oshki-aayaag in all areas of governing, another responsibility and sacred obligation that we have to the Anishinaabe Agowiidiiwinin is to pass on our interpretation of the treaty to the next generation.  The governing council wants to ensure that we are providing opportunities for the youth to have a say in the decisions that impact them. We also want them to know that they are valued and that they have a role to play in their own government” – Ogichidaa Eugene Eastman

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