Treaty 2 Territory February 12, 2021 Allen Sutherland, Lodge Keeper provided FNT2T “Fundamentals of Project Management”, a Zoom power point presentation on the principles, methods, practices and skills required for successful project management. This is an ongoing series of Leadership Training for FNT2T. This series was launched with “Lateral Kindness” on January 29th and “Turtle
Treaty 2 Territory February 12, 2021
Allen Sutherland, Lodge Keeper provided FNT2T “Fundamentals of Project Management”, a Zoom power point presentation on the principles, methods, practices and skills required for successful project management.
This is an ongoing series of Leadership Training for FNT2T. This series was launched with “Lateral Kindness” on January 29th and “Turtle Teachings on Effective Leadership” on February 5th.
Those that attended the “Fundamentals of Project Management” would have learned that our current structures is mainly set up by Circles.
One of the most striking illustrations of the First Nations preference for avoiding modern hierarchies can be seen in the Anishinaabeg concept of shared leadership. Leadership was understood to be one of the essential needs for society along with defense, sustenance, learning and health/medicine. A healthy governing society thus had to have its Leaders, Warriors, Justice, Providers, Teachers, and its Healers. Group maintenance was essential.
It is temporary nature, depending on the particular needs of the day. Leadership was based upon persuasion; its exercise upon circumstances and need. It was neither permanent nor constant.
“Just like the need for leadership among birds arises only twice a year, at the times of the migration.” As I shared a traditional teaching.
So there is no such things as a leader who has authority over all things. Instead, it is a question of exercising leadership skills as the occasion demands, rather than having authority over others given to you for a set period of time.
Finally, leadership is exercised in a way that does not involve claims of hierarchical command and obedience.
The followers are independent, by there free will follow freely and are at liberty to withdraw.
“When the flock arrives at its destination, the members disbanded and terminate the conduct of leadership.”
While the leaders were often the “echo-makers” for their groups, they seldom possessed an overriding power to make decisions binding on anyone else. A leader only uttered the sentiments of the people. A leader had to rely on persuasion and moral stature instead of force. It was about influence and trust.
Our Circles is based on our Anishinaabeg Ancestors Way of Governance: Anishinaabe Clan System. It is now modernized as Circles.
Project managers or what FNT2T has now set up, Circle Keepers have a high level of authority to manage and control the project resources.
With this type of structure, the Circle Keeper has more control over their Circle and the resources needed to accomplish Circle objectives from within or outside FNT2T organization, subject only to the scope, schedule, budget, and quality constraints of their projects. Our Circles are guided by the FNT2T Grand Councils, Councils and works with the Administration.
The next Leadership Training for FNT2T is “Circle Management” on March 5, 2021
Waabishki Mazinazoot Michtaatim, Lodge Keeper