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Grand Council & Treaty Gathering Postponement

Treaty 2 Territory - It is with the greatest respect to the family and community of Elder Doug Blackbird who has departed from this life and is journeying into the next that we acknowledge his life and the history he carried with him. Elder Blackbird was the last living descendent that experienced the forced relocation from the Riding Mountain area to the present location of the Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation. Elder Blackbird was recognized as a hard-working man and highly respected by all who knew him. It is a great loss not only for the people of Keeseekoowenin, but for all of the First Nations in Treaty 2 territory.

It is the Anishinaabe way to stop all formal activity and give honour to the departed spirit who is journeying to meet the Creator. The Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan - Treaty 2 will follow this protocol and is postponing the Grand Council gathering scheduled for August 19-21, 2018 at Keeseekoowenin 61A. No date has been confirmed yet as to when the gathering will be rescheduled and another date will be announced shortly. 


August 19 – Evening Registration 4-9pm
Lighting of Fire/Service/Entertainment


Day One – 20 August 2018



Sun Rise Ceremony


9am to 12pm                                                                       Main Tent                                        

Governance – Present and Discuss

  • Governance – Present and Discuss
  • Opening Prayer – Keeseekoowenin Elder
  • Grand Entry -­‐‑ Medicine Rock Singers Drum Group
  • Protocol of Gathering
  • Appointment of Chairperson for Gathering
  • Introduction and Opening Remarks
  • Great Seal and Flag
  • Treaty 2 Unity Declaration Official Signing Ceremony


1:00-4:00pm                                                                                   Main Tent                                        

Council Sessions – Governance and Reports

• Council of Chiefs
• Anishinaabek Council
• Land and Water Council
• Elder Council
• Women Council
• Youth Councill


4:00pm                                                                                 Main Tent                                        

Special Announcement - Territorial Summer and Winter Games & Annual Awards


Day Two – 21 August 2018


Sun Rise Ceremony


9am to 12pm                                                                   Main Tent                                            


Ceremony - 21 August 1871

Governance – Building our Own Path – Shaping our own Future


1:00-4:00pm                                                                    Main Tent                                            



  • Citizenship/Membership Discussion
  • Consultation & Accommodation Law
  • Education Act
  • Environmental Act
  • Community Governance Update




4:00pm                                                                              Main Tent                                            

Appointment of Grand Chief - Council of Chiefs to select a Grand Chief


Closing Statements


Sunrise Pipe Ceremony (7:30am), Breakfast(8:00am),
Opening Prayer Grand Entry (9:00am) and Lunch(12noon), snacks each day