January 25, 2022
Treaty 2 Territory – January, 2022 marks one year since the Peguis First Nation declared their intentions to enact a Child, Family, and Nation Law that will see Peguis granted jurisdiction to its members across Canada.
Bill C-92, (an act respecting First Nations, Inuit and Metis children, youth and families) allowed for Peguis (Manitoba’s largest First Nation) to draft legislation titled Honouring our Children, Families and Nation Act has been created, also known as Peguis CFS law.
Peguis First Nation, signatory to Treaty 1, is located in the Treaty 2 Territory. Over the past 12 months, the draft law was presented to the members of the First Nation who were given an opportunity to provide feedback and discussion on the draft law. Within this one year time frame, Peguis has worked steadfast in pursuit to reach a coordination agreement with Canada and Manitoba.
On January 21, 2022 the Peguis First Nation hosted a “Coming into Force” Ceremony to Honour the Children, Families, and Nation Act.
The event was attended by Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Cindy Woodhouse, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas, Peguis First Nation Chief Glenn Hudson along with many others.
“It means everything to us. It means that we’re going to strengthen our nation. It means that we’re going to lift up our families, it means that we’re going to circle our children and give them whatever it is they need,” said Peguis Child and Family Services Executive Director Clemene Hornbrook.
“It means that we’re going to be healthy and that we’re going to work towards reconciliation within ourselves, reconciliation with our neighbour, reconciliation with you know Manitoba, reconciliation with Canada.”
A copy of the Honouring our Children, Families and Nation Act is available by clicking on this link: https://irp.cdn-website.com/8a5c0cb0/files/uploaded/2021-11-16%20%20-%20PFN%20HOCFNA%20%283%29.pdf
Additional information about Peguis First Nation, Child and Family Services is available at: https://www.peguiscfs.ca/
Our Government of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory Congratulate Chief Hudson, Council, and the Members of Peguis and their Nation on this successful milestone. The magnitude of work that you all have collaborated on will benefit children and youth for generations to come. Because of your tenacity, and determination and through this law the Peguis First Nation Child has the ascribed and inherent right:
- To their Spirit Name – Anishinaabe anoozoowin
- To their Clan – Dodem
- To be with the Parents – Gitziimak
- To be with Family (your relations) – Nawendaagnak
- To cultural & ceremonial practices – Anishinaabe Miiniggisiwin
- To their identity & lifestyle – Anishinaabe Aadzewin
- To their language – Anishinaabemowin
- To a purposeful & good life – Mino Bimatiziwin
- To their traditional land – Anishinaabe Akiing
- To a good education – Kinamaatiwin
- To protection within that Child – Wiikawaabmind
- To membership (where the roots are) – Dabendaagziwin
Miigwech for leading the way as we must all do our best to honour the lives of the sacred Abinoonjiwaag by creating new pathways that respect our children and entire Nations on Anishinaabe Akiing.
Submitted By: Marlene Davis, Communications Keeper
Last modified: January 25, 2022