Governance Circles

Our Governance Circle

Our Governance structure draws upon Traditional Anishinaabe Teachings of the Four Directions.

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Respected for guidance, wisdom, knowledge, and life experience.

Respected for their energy, enthusiasm and providing hope for the future.

Respected for being caregivers, nurturers and centre of families.

Respected for being teachers, providers and protectors.

Roles & Responsibilities

It is understood, as part of our community decision-making process the Governing bodies that make up community shall have the final say in all matters that pertain to their roles as elders, youth, women, and men and to follow the seven natural laws as guiding principals as part of our process.

It is also understood that the Governing Councils shall provide support and direction to our political and legal leadership on matters of mutual concerns affecting our community. The Governing Councils shall designate, appoint or delegate an official spokesperson to represent their governing councils at Band council meetings or the Grand Council Treaty #3 National Assemblies. Designating chairpersons is at the discretion of the councils and is open for discussion, but should not be the spokesperson.

The Governing Councils shall also designate, appoint, or delegate members from their councils to the executive councils to conduct business on their behalf, each delegate is to be chosen based on their knowledge or experience or their desired commitment to dedicate their service to the community. Each delegate will also be held responsible and accountable to their governing councils and shall report business activities as entrusted to them, during regular Governance Council meetings as designated.

In the event that the delegates should be in a conflict of interest situation, it will be necessary for the Governing Councils to have alternates or mechanisms to avoid compromising the guiding principals and to maintain integrity of our process. In the event of any serious violation of the guiding principals by any member of the executive councils shall be removed and relieved of their entrusted responsibilities by the governing councils, to up-hold the relationships of all councils involved. It should also be noted that any delegate should be made aware by the governing councils of these safe-guard mechanisms to avoid any misunderstandings should they arise.

Each Governing Council shall designate the time and place of their Governance Council meetings on a monthly basis to ensure consistency based on the natural laws that govern our process.

The Seven Sacred Teachings
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As the elders have eloquently expressed, the present state of our community is one of which is filled by anger, jealousy, resentment and pain, caused and guided by an external system of governance based on greed and power that is designed to divide and conquer. Our people have become accustomed to this over several years of assimilation at the expense of our families and friends, who have almost become strangers to one another. As Anishinaabeg we were once guided by the seven natural laws that harmonized the community and where everyone had a duty and responsibility as a member of the tribe. It is with this, and based on the elders concerns, the seven sacred teachings should be our guiding principles of our Governance Council, and Legal and Political Council for the benefit of our future generations. It is our duty and responsibility.

Bravery

To be brave is to do something right even if you know it’s going to hurt you.

Honesty

To achieve honesty within yourself, to recognize who and what you are, do this and you can be honest with all others.

Humility

To humble yourself and recognize that no matter how much you think you know, you know very little of all the universe.

Love

To love unconditionally and to know that when people are weak, they need your love the most, that your love is given freely and you cannot put conditions on it or your love is not true.

Respect

To respect others and their beliefs, and to respect yourself. If you cannot show respect, you expect respect to be given.

Truth

To learn truth, to live truth, to talk truth, and to speak truthfully.

Wisdom

To have wisdom is to know the difference between good and bad, and to know the result of your actions.