The Peacemaking Onankonehkawin will be heading to the Grand Council this August 25,26th, 2021. Local Nation Members in the Treaty 2 Territory will have the opportunity to vote on the Peacemaking law. This Peacemaking Onankonehkawin will allow FNT2T to negotiate with Canada to create a Peacemaking System that will replace the current justice system in the Treaty 2 Territory. Unlike the current justice system that focus on punishment, Peacemaking Onankonehkawin focuses on wellness and healing. The Local Nation members who are inherent rights holders, will have the opportunity to vote for sovereignty and administer an Anishinaabe Peacemaking System.
The Peacemaking Framework, based on Anishinaabe worldviews, strives to restore Mino-Bimaadiziwin in the territory. Peacemaking restores Anishinaabe conflict resolutions process that includes balance, making amends, wellness, and community support. The current justice systems focus on punishment, rule of law, power, and control. The Peacemaking System brings people back into balance, focuses on wellness, and holistic interventions. In addition, Peacemaking will have its own Circle process that will replace the current provincial court system. The Crane Circle, that administers the Appeals Court, will restore the grandmother’s inherent role as the final decision makes.
To have Peacemaking there is a need for Peacekeeping. The Peacemaking Onankonehkawin includes the Bear Circle. The Bear Circle will restore their role as protectors and will oversee peacekeeping. The Bear Circle includes the Sun Bear, Red Bear, Black Bear, and White Bear. The Bear Circle will provide culturally appropriate services, restore safety, and be actively involved in the local nations. The Bear Circles will strive to restore balance, peace, harmony, and natural order.
The Peacemaking Onankonehkawin will be the administered in the local nations as well have regional offices. Peacemaking’s Lynx, Deer, and Eagle Circles will be administered in the local Nation and will provide career opportunities for local nation members. The Turtle, Bear, Loon and Crane Circles will be administered in Regional Offices and will also provide career opportunities for local members. The administration will be governed by a Peacemaking Governing Circle that will oversees administration, approves draft polices, appoint judges, and approve laws to proceed to the Governing Council.
At this year’s Grand Council, the First Nations in the Treaty 2 Territory Government will present the Peacemaking Onankonehkawin. Local Nation members from the Treaty 2 Territory will have the opportunity learn about the Peacemaking law, framework, and governing structure. This will provide an opportunity for local members to ask questions and make comments on Peacemaking Onankonehkawin. As a Treaty 2 Local Nation member, you are part of the Grand Council, and you can vote on the Peacemaking Onankonehkawin this August 25&26, 2021.
Last modified: July 29, 2021