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Updates from Care and Protection of the Natural World

With Covid 19 vaccine arriving into our Local Nations we anticipate their borders will be open for the CPNW to interact with Knowledge Keepers and our users of the natural resources and the land. In anticipation of our Local Nations and its members receiving vaccinations, the CPNW has started acquiring the necessary equipment to commence work in our nations. We will be working with the Local Nation Helpers to coordinate access and to arrange schedules as required. The equipment was given a trial run when we interviewed Councilor Darren Mousseau from Ebb and Flow and Dwayne Blackbird from Keeseekoowenin.

The CPNW staff were pleased to present our Workplan to the Local Nation Helpers as part of their Master Certificate in Governance and Nation Development. A lot of our work will be dependent on assistance from our Regional Keepers and the Local Nation Helpers so it was a welcome session to get acquainted and exchange ideas and information.

There will be some administrative changes regarding the Natural World Committee, it will be structured into a Circle with a new chair appointed from the executive. This will allow the CPNW to have direct access to leadership. We were informed Chief McKay from Tootinaowaziibeeng will be our new chair. We look forward to his leadership as we go in to the new year. We look forward to continuing to work with Councilor Darren Mousseau as the chair of the Men’s Council. Darren has provided strong assertive direction as we continue to represent the interests of Treaty 2 as a Government. His passion is unwavering and required as we reclaim our rightful place in representing our Inherent Rights now and intto o the future.

The CPNW is preparing the necessary briefing materials for our executive prepare for a meeting with Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan – Minister of Natural Resources Canada and his staff on managing our territory. Policy Keeper Karen Kejick secured the dates for this meeting to occur. This is seen as an opportunity for Treaty 2 to commence discussions on Unfinished Treaty business which is timely as we approach the 150th year since the making of Treaty 2 at Manitoba House on August 21st, 1871.

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