Nation-Based Sovereign-Based Government

Children, Families, and Nation Engaging with Local Nations

October 14, 2021

Treaty 2 Territory – Over the course of this year, our Children, Families, and Nation team have been conducting virtual and in-person Engagement Sessions with our Local Nations in the Treaty 2 Territory.

Engagement benefits everyone!

The Anishinaabe Nations in Manitoba have distinct constitutional rights, history, governance structures, traditions, languages, and culture.  Our Treaty 2 Nations have a unique spiritual, ancestral, and environmental attachment to the land and its resources and rely on these to maintain their traditional way of life, which has been passed down from generation to generation.

During the engagement process, with respect to outcomes, several among many proposed responses to current issues were notable.  The citizens of the Nations were given an opportunity to voice their opinions about the merit and challenges of restoring jurisdiction to their respective nation, and how this information would be utilized in drafting laws for their home nations. At this stage, fostering the Local Nation’s understanding became very important and educating about the process Treaty 2 was taking was imperative. Forms of nation involvement and participation actioned research throughout the engagement process, often deliberating common issues and determining interests of each nation.

The laws are being crafted within our own cultural components, which is considered grass roots knowledge.  Within the declarations of each law, they will be framed according to what the Nations have said.  These laws are from our nationhood, with the legal jurisdiction coming from the Local Nations and the Mino Ombigii’aa Law, Law of the Children.

Pictured below is a comparison chart which outlines the differences between the current Manitoba CFS Act and the Treaty 2 Mino Ombigii’aa Law, Law of the Children.

Engagements to date:

Virtual Sessions:

  • Ebb and Flow – April 28, 2021
  • Dauphin River – May 5, 2021
  • Gambler – May 12, 2021
  • Pinaymootang – May 19, 2021
  • Urban Session – June 2, 2021
  • Open session for all Treaty 2 Territory members – June 16, 2021

In Person Sessions:

  • Pine Creek – July 26, 2021 (Treaty 4)
  • Pinaymootang – August 11, 2021
  • Treaty 2 15Oth Commemoration – August 20-21, 2021
  • Dauphin River – August 26, 2021
  • Pine Creek – September 17-19, 2021 (Treaty 4)
  • Tootinaowazibeeng – September 21, 2021
  • O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi – September 27, 2021
  • Ebb and Flow – September 28, 2021

Going forward our team will be meeting with focus groups which consist of ~ Youth, Elders, Chief & Councils, Child and Family Services and information sharing/best practices meetings.  We recognize that it is vital for our team to capture the voices of our Treaty 2 Territory citizens through out the CFN process, therefore if anyone wishes to schedule a time to meet with any of our team members feel free to send an email to: savannah.stagg@fnt2t.com

Miigwech

Children, Families, and Nation Team

Lois Stoll, John Miswagon, Savannah Stagg, and Dakota Marsden

Last modified: October 14, 2021

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