The role of the Council as mandated by the Grand Council is to implementEconomic Development/Tourism, Education, Finance, Justice, Law Enforcement, Gaming, Health and the Medicine Bundle within the Treaty 2 territory.
ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT AND TOURISM
We are very committed in moving the Economic Development and Tourism in the Territory by promoting the overall economic growth and prosperity in the territory. We strive hard to grow the territorial economy with partnerships and protecting resources that are were never discussed in the treaty.
Our priorities to grow our economy is to create jobs, importing and exporting, creating opportunity for businesses, and promoting.
Our territory is rich in the tourism sector with the many mountains, lakes and area to promote land and water base business.
The Councilwill work on all matters relating to Education in Treaty 2, based on the principles of Mino-Bimaadiziwin, that education is a life-long process, designed to teach how to live life in a good way as Anishinaabe. Education in this context includes but is not limited to Pre-school, K-12, Post-Secondary, Adult Education, Language Education, Land-based and Cultural-based education, and the Treaty No.2 school system as authorized by the Treaty No.2 Education Act.
The Council duties and responsibilities for Education include ensuring that all matters relating to Education be guided by the principles of the Seven Anishinaabe Teachings, and Anishinaabe Mino Bimaadiziwin, and their related concepts. To commission expert studies, review reports, make recommendations, draft laws, and regulations pertaining to education.
Oversee and direct senior officials in discussion and negotiations on the behalf of the Education Council with various levels of government, and education service providers.
To look after the government of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan operations and Secretariats’ including the trust funds from levies and taxation.
Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan Finance Council shall function to advise the Grand Council regards to the financial operations and administration of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan Treaty 2. The Finance Council shall ensure sound accounting practices and controls are appropriately established both internally and externally.
To Ensure compliance with all financial Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan legislation, acts and policy regarding all territorial lands and resources. Making sure proper levy and taxation for Manitoba, Canada and outside companies using the lands comply with Onankonehkawinin and Ohnushsheewehwiin laws.
Our Justice is a large foundation of Treaty 2. Our traditional program will bring back and restore a foundation that has been lost since contact and after treaty.
Overseeing all aspects of the many sectors in the justice within the treaty territory.
LAW ENFORCEMENT, PEACE KEEPING AND FIRE PROTECTION
Anishinaabe law enforcement, peace keeping and fire protection for the Treaty 2 Territory. Law Enforcementand Peace Keeping will be in the fore front as we are bringing back our traditional laws and putting them into modern perspective.We need to assure that we have our Warrior program in place. Enforcement is a large part of maintaining our laws and order within our territory. Protection from fires in our territory is critical and we need a solid program in place.
We maintain that all Gaming business discussions is the jurisdiction of the Treaty 2 territory. Our Nation has lost millions of dollars due to the misunderstanding of both Canada and Manitoba that First Nations are the original peoples when it comes to jurisdiction and never gave this up.
HEALTH AND THE MEDICINE BUNDLE
A good healthy life style is the bases of a strong Anishinaabe Nation. In order to protect the Nation and territory, we must live a healthy life and restore our traditions and cultural ways prior to the settlers invading our territory.
Today’s approach is both traditional and modern with the western medicines before us. Our Traditional healers are involved with our steps forward and the key to survival for many of our communities within the nation.
Time will be focused on bringing back the traditions and giving balance to our well needed strategy with Health and our Medicine Bundle.
Each Anishinaabe member Nation appoints one individual to the Council.
- Ebb & Flow: Darcy Malcolm
- Dauphin River: Leonard Sumner
- Keeseekoowenin: Manuel Burns
- Lake Manitoba: Florence Mclean
- Lake St. Martin: Chris Traverse
- Little Saskatchewan: Darrel Shorting
- O-Chi-Chak-Ko-Sipi: Tommy Hunter
- Pinaymootang: Ted Woodhouse
- Skownan: Dennis Catcheway
- Tootinaowaziibeeng: Caroline Mckay-Mintuck