Fisher River Cree Nation Reconciliation Project

On December 6, 2018 Fisher River Cree Nation & the Government of Canada signed a Memorandum of Understanding on Advancing Reconciliation.

Under this co-developed Memorandum of Understanding, the parties will work together to advance FRCN’s vision of self-determination for the benefit of our community.  The Memorandum of Understanding outlines the steps and topics for discussions between both parties with a focus on self-determination and strengthening the treaty relationship.

 

Negotiated agreements can set out law-making authority in many areas, including: governance, social and economic development, education, health, lands and more. It varies from group to group, depending on their unique needs and priorities and their vision of self-determination.

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What is the

Reconciliation Project?

Now that Fisher River Cree Nation has entered into an understanding with the Government of Canada, there are many outstanding issues that need to be settled or reconciled before true self-determination discussions can begin. Presently, FRCN and the Reconciliation team are working with representatives from the Government of Canada to find resolutions for the outstanding issues. Once positive outcomes are obtained, FRCN can move forward with negotiations.

 

This phase does not mean that work is at a standstill. Presently, the Reconciliation team is working towards keeping community members informed of the process, meeting with community members and developing governance structure policies.

ONE OF THE KEY OBJECTIVES

Governance Structure

One of Leadership’s key objectives is to strengthen the governance structure by focusing on capacity building which means creating policies to be used by FRCN going forward. Among these policies, in development stages, are a Custom Election Code, Consultation Policy and Constitution. As drafts become available, they will be posted on this website.

 

In addition, FRCN is working towards licensing the Personal Care Home and Daycare as well as establishing its own CFS Agency. Having control of its own agency will ensure that Fisher River Cree Nation can focus on enhancing programs and providing resources that will strengthen the families which in return with create a strong foundation for the community.

 

It is important to note that community members will be voting in referendums for the implementation of the key policies when they are completed. Leadership wants to ensure that everyone has a voice in how FRCN is governed and the governance structure changes are accepted by the people.

What has happened

To Date

To date, Leadership and the Reconciliation Team have held community meetings in Fisher River and Winnipeg. Meetings have also been held with federal representatives from the Government of Canada. Community members have participated in focus groups in order to gain valuable information and perspectives from different age groups regarding their vision and ideas for FRCN.

In addition to focus groups with Elders and Community Members, the Reconciliation team has also met with individuals and families in their homes where people feel more comfortable speaking openly about their thoughts and concerns.

The Reconciliation Team has also met with youth at the Fisher River High School in order to understand what they want to see in our community as well as hear what their concerns are. They are the next generation of Leaders and their voice needs to be heard. Such meetings with the youth will continue as we move forward.

CURRENT

Initiatives

As part of the Governance Structure. There has been two governance Policy’s and Codes drafted to date for members to review, comment and vote on.

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Custom Election Code

This Code supersedes and replaces any and all previous statements, verbal or in writing, of the FRCN custom for the Election of Council.

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Consultation Policy

To address the manner in which the FRCN will be consulted when working with First Nations, Crown agencies, private agencies, businesses and organizations, people and communities and defines the roles, responsibilities of all parties.

Fisher River Cree Nation Reconciliation Project

What can you do to help?

Participate

Community members will be asked to participate in the development of FRCN policies. It is very important that your thoughts and concerns are voiced. Everyone needs to be heard during this process. Your issues and ideas will help to determine what our community is going to look like for future generations. Community members will also be asked to participate in Working & Focus Groups and the Community Steering Committee (CSC).

Community Steering Committee (CSC)

The CSC is comprised of key members and groups of the Fisher River Cree Nation including Elders, Youth, Community Members along with Chief & Council and Program Managers. The CSC will be responsible for “steering” the project and will be the Negotiation Team’s key source of important information.

Working & Focus Groups

Working & Focus groups will be established for discussions on specific policies as the policies are developed. Please submit your name if you would like to participate in any of the groups as they are created.

Engagement Sessions

Community members do not have to participate in the Steering Committee or Working & Focus groups in order to be heard. All members will have the opportunity to voice concerns and give suggestions. There will be many Community Engagement Sessions and Meetings during this process to ensure nothing is missed when it is time to negotiate with Canada. The Reconciliation Team will continue to visit community members in their homes, as they are invited to do so.

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OFFICE LOCATION

Fisher River Economic Development Corporation Office

Box 359
Fisher River, MB R0C1S0

Business hours

  • Monday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Tuesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Wednesday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Thursday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Friday 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
  • Saturday CLOSED
  • Sunday CLOSED