Implementing Traditional Governance
Kiashke Zaaging Anishinabek – Update on Efforts to Implement Traditional Governance
Kiaske Zaaging Anishinabek (Gull Bay First Nation) is one of the many First Nations that are taking the lead on exercising their right to self-government.
The Kiaske Zaaging Anishinabek is an Ojibway First Nation, part of the Robinson Superior Treaty of 1850. This community is located approximately 175 km’s north of Thunder Bay, Ontario on the south shore of Lake Nipigon.
Chief Wilfred King requested assistance from the National Centre for First Nations Governance to support research for developing a traditional form of governance and utilizing their clan system as a guide.
The Centre has been working closely with a student researcher who was hired by Kiaske Zaaging Anishinabek to identify the historical traditional governance of the Lake Nipigon Ojibways and examine related legal information. The student researcher and NCFNG worked with Lakehead University Professor Rob Robson to identify traditional forms of governance that blend with contemporary ways.
The Centre is working with Chief and Council to determine how the NCFNG can provide support to develop a governance process and identify ways to engage the community in discussion.
NCFNG is continuing work with the research student to draft a communications strategy for project visioning. This information sharing will be derived from community-based oral histories and traditional protocol structures utilizing elders, youth and other citizens in the community.
Chief and Council are working on their next step, the development of terms of reference for a project steering committee to start work this fall.