August 16, 2021
Treaty 2 Territory – On August 11, during Pinaymootang Anishinaabe Nations’ Treaty celebrations, the Health and Wellbeing and Children, Families and Nation Keepers were honoured to meet and visit with Gwen Traverse, Health Director and also co-chair of the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) Ikwewak (Women’s Council).
Ms. Traverse provided the Keepers with valuable expertise, insight and recommendations towards a Mino-Bimadiziiwin Law process. She also shared with the Health and Wellbeing Keeper highlights of the community’s Health Plan and priorities and the importance to visit and connect with other Local Nation Health Directors for their expertise.
Ms. Traverse provided the Keepers with a copy of Pinaymootang’s First Nation 2020-2021 Annual Report on Health, Every Child Matters: Honouring and Remembering. The Health and Wellbeing Keeper looks forward to reviewing this important document to learn more and ensure priorities are engrained in the drafting of Health and Wellbeing Law Model and Framework.
Finally, the Keepers also sought advice to secure a date for an initial First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory (FNT2T) – Local Nations Health Directors session. This meeting will take place on Monday, August 30th at Pinaymootang Conference Centre and will be co-hosted by the Government of FNT2T and the FNT2T Ikwewak (Women’s Council). Letters of invitation will be sent shortly.
This session will be an exciting time to share FNT2T’s Health and Wellbeing law development process. Most importantly, it will be an opportunity to hear the Health Directors on what is important for a distinctive-based and local nation-led Health and Wellbeing Law to restore the good life – Mino-Bimaadiziwin in the Nation.
The Health and Wellbeing Keeper and Children, Families and Nation Keeper looks forward to the critical work ahead and working with the Local Nations.
Kim McPherson, Health and Wellbeing Keeper
Lois Stoll, Children, Families and Nation Keeper
Last modified: August 16, 2021