Monday, June 17, 2019


February, 2009

Elders and Knowledge Keepers Gather in Winnipeg

Elders and knowledge-keepers from across Canada assemble to discuss the role of traditional governance in today’s First Nations

Winnipeg, Manitoba — On February 26th and 27th, the Centre, along with the University of Winnipeg’s Aboriginal Governance Program, hosted a Sacred Sharing Circle on Traditional Governance.
Over 50 Elders and knowledge keepers gathered at the University of Winnipeg to share their thoughts on the meaning of traditional governance and its role in First Nations today.
“Nations that root their governance in some form of traditional practice get support from their citizens and this support brings legitimacy and stability” said Sheldon Tetreault, event organizer and NCFNG’s Director of Governance Advisory Services.
Contemporary research suggests that governing under models imposed by others does not work and that First Nations who anchor their governance in traditional values and institutions are more prosperous and successful.
First Nations across Canada are seeking to restore the social, political and economic balance needed to achieve their own form of self-determination. The NCFNG has been working closely with many First Nations across Canada, helping them to realize effective Governance.
The Sacred Sharing Circle on Traditional Governance was co-hosted by Herb George, President of the National Centre for First Nations Governance and Paul L.A.H. Chartrand, Director Aboriginal Governance Program University of Winnipeg.