Seven Steps to Rebuilding First Nations
Nation Rebuilding Forums gets First Nations Started on the Path to Effective Self-Governance
The National Centre for First Nations Governance is launching a series of one-day governance forums on the “Seven Steps to Nation Rebuilding”. The forums will take place throughout the country with events in Saskatchewan, Ontario, Nova Scotia, Quebec and British Columbia.
Satsan (Herb George), NCFNG President , will deliver a keynote address at each forum. “These forums offer First Nations leaders, youth and elders the unique opportunity to come together and learn about the steps necessary to achieving effective self-governance.”, says Satsan. “We look forward to presenting across the country this year and continuing our work with communities to take their nation rebuilding efforts further.”
Listiguj community leaders will present at the Novermber 3rd Terrace forum, sharing inspiring stories about the creation of their own laws to manage their fisheries. Listuguj, one of the largest Mi’gmaq communities on the East Coast, is part of the Mi’gmaq Nation, and is located on the border of Quebec and New Brunswick. At each forum, community leaders who have achieved success in the area of self-governance and nation rebuilding will be invited to share their stories.
Participants are encouraged to bring young emerging leaders from their communities to attend a complimentary youth session where they can learn how youth can contribute to positive change in their communities.
The forums are designed to share information and lessons about developing effective independent governance, lessons that NCFNG has learned by working in communities across Canada over the last five years.
The goal of nation rebuilding is to develop governance that has the capacity to deliver the shared vision of citizens and might include: seeing children learning their language; being engaged in the economy and stewardship of traditional lands; governing according to customs and traditions; having true nation-to-nation relations; and other action that can bring renewed community pride. The Centre suggests that nation rebuilding can start when community members and leaders are ready for change, understand what it means, and are fully prepared to support it.
The Centre’s Seven Steps to Nation Rebuilding are:
Create a Movement for Change
Establish a Vision for the Future
Map Your Journey
Exercise Your Rights and Live Your Culture
Get Out of the Indian Act
Be a Real Government and Govern
Deliver the Goods
Brian Smith, forum organizer and NCFNG Director of Operations concludes, “In essence, the end goal of these forums, and all of the work NCFNG undertakes is to support First Nations to build effective self-governance and ultimately a better future for their people.”