Nation-Based Sovereign-Based Government

FNT2T Health and Wellbeing, and our Natural Law

April 16, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – There has been a lot of focus, work and learning this week and last week as the FNT2T Health and Wellbeing Keeper started orientation and transitioning into this important role to support the Circle.   In the near future, the goal is to support and assist the development of Mino Bimaadiziiwin (The Good Life) Inherent Law-making to restore and implement jurisdiction over health in Treaty 2 Traditional Territory as has been since time immemorial.   The Health and Wellbeing Circle has a lot of exciting work ahead to seek authority, guidance and direction from the Treaty 2 Territory, Councils, Circles, Local Nations and health experts to restore health and well-being of citizens and create the Mino Bimaadiziiwn Inherent and Ancestral Law.

Highlights of the Keeper’s work included introductions and observing the following meetings of FNT2T with:

  • The Women and Knowledge Councils
  • Canada regarding Peace Keeping, the Recognition of Indigenous Rights and Self-Determination
  • Nation to Nation with the Anishinabek Nation and
  • Internal meetings with the Lead Keeper, Policy Keeper and Governance Keeper.

Attending these meetings will help to guide the work ahead to ensure the Circle lines up with the Government of FNT2T’s governance structure and protocols and to interconnect with the other Circles’ law development and workplans.  Health and wellbeing is directly and indirectly impacted by the Social Determinants of Health and all Circles have a component in restoring the health and wellbeing of Treaty 2 Territory citizens.

A multi-year workplan for the Health and Wellbeing Circle was drafted and will be reviewed by the Governance Keeper, the Policy Keeper and the Lead Keeper and finally the Women’s Council and other Councils. This is in line with FNT2T vetting processes.  A draft budget will be developed to ensure enough resources are available to implement the workplan. Some of the workplan strategic priorities and activities in drafting the Mino Bimaadiziiwin Inherent Law may include:

  • Establish formal agreements and arrangements with governments and partners
  • FNT2T and Local Nation engagement
  • Develop options on co-developed health legislation
  • Explore a Treaty 2 Territory health governance and health entity
  • Develop a Treaty 2 Territory Health and Social Data and Information Sovereignty Framework
  • Establish a Treaty 2 Medicine Health and Wellbeing Advisory Team and
  • Develop and implement a communication strategy

The workplan and actions will support the resolutions, goals, objectives and direction of the Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory to:

  • Practice and protect the use of traditional medicine
  • Practice and protect traditional healing practices
  • Achieving equitable standards and quality life to other Canadians
  • Cultural and language restoration
  • Bridge the gap between Anishinaabe and Western belief systems
  • Respect diversity of Local Treaty 2 Territory Nations
  • Unify Local Nations and FNT2T through sports and recreation
  • Bridge the gap between FNT2T, Local Nations and service providers on the transformation and transition to a unified governance structure.
  • Interconnect objectives and goals with other FNT2T Circles

The Health and Wellbeing Keeper looks forward to the journey ahead.

Miigwech, Kim McPherson, Policy Keeper

Last modified: April 16, 2021

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