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FNT2T’s Peacemaking Circle meets with Justice Canada on Paving the Way

April 21, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – On April 20, 2021, the First Nations in the Treaty 2 Government held their regular meeting with the representatives of Justice Canada to discuss Peacemaking. The meeting included updates from the FNT2T team as well as updates from Canada. The discussion included the Onankonehkawin Law, the Loon and Crane Circles responsible for judicial processes, and the Calls to Justice in Reclaiming Power and Place: The Final Report of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls. The Peacemaking team demonstrated that Peacemaking is not replicating the current justice system as that system is broken.

“Our Peacemaking is changing the landscape of justice and can be the model for the rest of turtle island.”

-Grand Chief Eugene Eastman

The Peacemaking Keeper presented an update on Peacemaking and the progress to date on the Onankonehkawin Law. FNT2T informed Canada the sections on the Peacemaking Governing Circle, the Loon, and Crane Circle are near completion. The other 5 Circles will be completed when the nation engagements are completed as each community will be unique on how they want to administer their circles.

The Peacemaking Keeper expressed the need for Peacemaking to address the intergenerational impacts of harm caused by colonization. The Peacemaking Keeper explained the Loon Circle will focus on healing plans and the recognition of the Gladue principles when reviewing healing plans.

The National Inquiry into the Missing and Murdered Women and Girls was discussed and the importance of implementing the Calls to Justice in Peacemaking. Canada was notified that a sub-committee of Ikwe Keepers was created, and they will meet regularly to ensure the Calls to Justice are implemented in the 7 Circles of Peacemaking. FNT2T informed them there is a resolution from leadership that supports implementing the Calls to Justice.

The meeting between FNT2T and Canada was another step towards an Anishinaabe Sovereign Peacemaking System. A Peacemaking system that recognizes Inherent rights and the self-government.

Peacemaking is reclaiming the Anishinaabe practices by focusing on wellness, healing, and protecting the Nation.

Last modified: April 21, 2021

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