Treaty 2 Territory – MTNLive at 12noon Corey Whitford, host connected with FNT2T’s Operation Keeper Ray Mousseau on Tuesday, 8 December 2020. “I want to bring our co-worker in and the Keeper who is going to be talking about the Circles and unpacking some of the work that we are doing within the Treaty 2
Treaty 2 Territory – MTNLive at 12noon Corey Whitford, host connected with FNT2T’s Operation Keeper Ray Mousseau on Tuesday, 8 December 2020.
“I want to bring our co-worker in and the Keeper who is going to be talking about the Circles and unpacking some of the work that we are doing within the Treaty 2 Territory. We are working together and we are coordinating, interaction with the Local Nations”, announced Corey Whitford.
Ray Mousseau, Operations Keeper with the Government of FNT2T started off the noon hour show providing an update about the Circles within the Government of FNT2T. Seeing how this is a Circle Talks, with MTNlive at noon every Tuesday at noon, actually every Monday to Friday at 12 o’clock noon.
“Thank you for inviting me as a guest speaker for today’s session. One of the things I wanted to share is, there’s a lot of difficulty with Covid-19, we’re going through a really difficult time within our Treaty 2 Territory. A lot of our Local Nations are currently in code red as well with, restrictions in place. A lot of the work that the staff have been doing is engagement with the members of the Local Nations”, said Mousseau.
It’s been a challenge for our Circle Keepers, when it comes to, developing the natural laws, developing the laws for their circles, it’s become a challenge, when it comes through engaging our members within the Local NationsHe managed to continue his interview regarding the Circle Keepers who started surveys and questionnaires, through websites, through the various media outlets within the territory, with the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory, as well as Local Nation websites and social media. That’s one way of, engaging our members of the Local Nations.
One of the other things, that the Circle Keepers are going to be doing along with our Regional Offices is they’re going to be handing out, surveys and questionnaires, through a hard copy. That they’re going to get creative and somehow getting the hard copies out to the members of the Local Nations, for example, a lot of our knowledge keepers (elders) do not have access to some of the online services that, a lot of us have.
Therefore, all that information will come back to our Circle Keepers, and then our Circle Keepers can continue their work, with, their law development within their circles.
Our Life Long Learning keeper, Donna Bayer has, conducted an online survey that she has submitted to the local nation helpers. The local nation helpers then complete the online surveys along with, members of their nations. When the surveys are complete, they go back to our Keepers and therefore the information on data collected, on her end, along with our Researcher Helper Cayleen Matthews, and they gathered some of that information with regards to education, and lifelong learning within the Local Nations. So, then moving forward, through these difficult times, the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory circles, our Regional Offices, as well as our Local Nation Helpers under the operations are going to be looking at those types of alternatives when it comes to engaging our members of the First Nations and Treaty 2 Territory.
One of the things we really need to do forward, is, engaging our Knowledge Keepers. Not only our Knowledge Keepers, but our young people as well, engaging everybody and creating those, laws with our natural laws, trying to create, laws, though, government, or, the Indian act. The Indian Act doesn’t work for us.
When we were put here on mother earth, one of our responsibilities as was to take care of the earth, to take care of this land, take care of the animals, the plants and the water. We have a great team with, Ron Missyabit and Shawn Gurke, who are doing exactly that. Ron, and Shawn have been reaching out to our elders within our nations and trying to get a, an understanding, not necessarily understanding, but trying to get that information, that input, when it comes to our natural laws and protection protecting our natural world, right. We have those responsibilities.
Hats off to our Circle Keepers, hats off to our Regional Offices and Local Nation Helpers. They have adjusted when it comes to engagement with, the members of the First Nations in Treaty 2 Territory.