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Treaty 2 Territory – Health and Wellbeing Circle Update on the Mino Bimaadiziiwin Law Development Process

May 14, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory-  Greetings! Over the last couple of weeks, the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) Health and Wellbeing Keeper continues to work internally with the Governance and Lead Keepers for guidance to complete the draft Mino Bimaadiziiwin Law Making workplan.  This law will support a solid and strong foundation in realizing inherent rights, implement self-determination over health and wellbeing, and incorporate Treaty 2 territory values and world views.

Once the workplan has been approved internally, it will go through approval processes of the Women’s Council and the Governance Council.  A strategic action list has been drafted to guide the workplan development.

Activities began by the Health and Wellbeing Keeper includes:

  • meeting one on one with the FNT2T Circle Keepers of the: Children, Families and Nation (CFN); the Life Long Learning (LLL); Care and Protection Natural World; and Peacemaking Keeper (PM). Knowledge and expertise was shared by the other Circles on engaging with the Local Nations and Councils and the law-development process to ensure the Health and Wellbeing Law development aligns and connects to the laws of other Circles
  • continue to attend Earth Lodge teachings
  • observe CFN and PM meetings between FNT2T and Canada
  • participate on a MMIWG2SL+ sub circle under the Peacemaking Circle to implement Resolution 2020-09-03-004 by developing a MMIWG2SL+ strategy and posting a number of Calls to Justice every week. The Keeper will work to incorporate the health and wellbeing Calls to Justice into the law development process
  • collect provincial and federal heath related legislation
  • planning to work with Local Nations and Health Directors to collect community health administrative data such as fiscal costs on health program funding
  • a letter sent to Minister Marc Millar from the Grand Chief to follow up on commitments for a direct fiscal relationship with Canada and to work with their Senior Officials. The intent is to build relationships, negotiate and discuss fiscal support for the FNT2T health and wellbeing circle to facilitate the law development process and Treaty 2 Territory’s engagement over the next 10 years.

The next important steps the Health and Wellbeing Circle will be focusing in the next couple of weeks include:

  • build on the work already started
  • plan an important introductory meeting with Health Directors to establish a sub-circle of Treaty 2 territory heath experts to guide the law development process workplan and strategic tasks. It is hoped the meeting will occur at the end of May or early June 2021
  • develop a Terms of Reference for the Health and Wellbeing Circle
  • identify staffing capacity to advance the workplan and activities
  • analyze the health investments made in the 2021 federal budget to identify opportunities for FNT2T
  • finalize a law-making engagement plan to reach out to the Local Nations for guidance on what the law should include and what is important to restore ancestral and natural laws to achieve the good life – Mino Bimaadiziiwin.
  • start discussions with Canada for a nation to nation fiscal relationship, engaging with FNT2T in the co-development of the Indigenous Health legislation process, and fund the Health and Wellbeing workplan.

The work ahead is exciting and inspiring to protect and restore Treaty 2 territorial ancestral laws and rights that have been interrupted because of colonization. These laws will be asserted as they are paramount to colonial legislation.

This important work is an opportunity to attain the good life – Mino Bimaadiziiwin, fundamentally change the way heath is delivered and funded in the Treaty 2 territory, and to optimize the health and wellbeing of citizens in the Nation. The Anishinaabe laws will inform policy development, address racism, promote healing, end colonialism, design of health systems, build accountability, and most importantly, live well.

The FNT2T law-making process is entrenched through the inherent right to sovereignty and natural laws that are recognized by international instruments such as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls for Action and the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls and Two-Spirited+ National Inquiry 231 Calls for Justice.

Miigwetch,

Kim McPherson

Health and Wellbeing Keeper

Last modified: May 14, 2021

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