Treaty 2 - August 21, 1871

Government

THE TEMPORARY or “PROVISIONAL” GOVERNMENT

It is impossible to predict exactly how long it will take to complete this process. On the one hand, it is urgent that it be accomplished as quickly as possible – being in the middle of a process halfway between the Indian Act and self-governance is inconvenient and problematic. On the other hand, it is important that the People have whatever time that it takes to debate, compromise, decide how they are to be government.

It is also impossible to predict the final outcome, what the new government, the new law- making body, the content of the Constitution. To attempt to predict would intrude upon the right of the People to reach a decision of their own making in their own good time.

In the meantime, the Chiefs of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan have agreed to form a Temporary or Provisional Government consisting of “Chiefs of First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory” which will keep the affairs of the proposed collective and its status quo functioning. That government agrees that it will limit its authority to those intermediate matters which must be decided now, that its decisions are temporary and in place only until the new collective constitutional government is in place and is functioning.

The Temporary or Provisional Government consists of the Chiefs of the First Nations which comprise Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan, plus the representative of any First Nation which has adopted its own Constitution and selected its own government.

The Temporary or Provisional Government will meet on a monthly basis, applying generally the rules of Anishinaabe Agowidiiwinan, functioning both as government and legislature, making its decisions available to all First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory. Between meetings, governance will be handled by the Executive Council.

SEVEN (7) COUNCILS OVERVIEW

1.       GRAND COUNCIL

2.       COUNCIL OF CHIEFS

3.       ELDERS COUNCIL

4.       WOMEN (EQUAAWAK) COUNCIL

5.       LAND, WATER AND RESOURCES(AKI NIBI) COUNCIL

6.       ANISHINAABEK COUNCIL

7.       YOUTH (OSHKIAYAA)AND SPORT COUNCIL

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