CONCEPT PLAN FOR A TRADITIONAL
CREE NATION CUSTOM COUNCIL
As part of its traditional governance strategy the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People of Cumberland House territories plan to exercise our rights to sovereignty and self-determination by establishing a Traditional Cree Custom Council (Clan Family Representatives) for the Heifer Project.
Our vision is to return to our Clan System of governing where the Cree families have a voice and are in charge of a land based project we are starting in Cumberland House.
THE LEGAL FRAMEWORK
The Royal Proclamation of 1763, the Canadian Constitution Act 1982 - section 35(1) and section 25(2), International Law and the United Nations Declaration of the Rights of Indigenous Peoples recognize Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree People’s inherent and legal rights to sovereignty, self-determination and self-government.
THE GUIDING PRINCIPLES
The guiding principles governing the development and implementation of the Heifer Project shall be based on our inherent and legal rights.
We are born as the Original People of Turtle Island and are members of the Cree Nation. As Original Cree people, as granted by the Creator, we are a sovereign nation with inherent rights and freedoms to determine who we are and how we will live and to pass our inherent rights from generation to generation.
Before contact with the Europeans and colonization, as a sovereign nation, and according to traditional customs, the Cree Custom Council, representing the voices of the family clans, had governing powers to decide what was important to the people, set priorities (mandates) and direct all developments in the community.
Since the signing of the Treaties, and over the past 140 years, federal and provincial governments have ignored and minimized, through their Corporations Acts, our traditional customs and practices of self-government.
We have not given up our inherent rights and freedoms and therefore have the right and power to establish a Traditional Cree Custom Council. We, as Cree people, have a responsibility to invoke, organize, and exercise our rights and powers at the community level.
WHAT IS THE TRADITIONAL CUSTOM COUNCIL ?
Traditional custom councils consist of family representatives from different clans and nations. Clan representatives are responsible for ensuring their family members and lineage (grandparents, parents etc) is accurately recorded (registered) and to make sure that their clan has representation and a voice on matters and decisions that come before the council.
TERMS OF REFERENCE
Our inherent rights have been implemented and enforced for generations by the Cree families through our Clan systems.
Our history teaches us that our traditional form of government is based on the belief that the right and power of self-determination lies with the individuals (people) of Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation. The Traditional Customs Council is run for the people by the people.
As Cree people, and sovereign nations we have the rights to determine and decide: our form of governance and governing officials, our system of justice and laws, our citizenship, our management of internal affairs, external affairs and international affairs.
The following is required to move Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation - Traditional Cree Custom Council and Heifer Project forward:
1. A resolution to support further development of the Traditional Cree Custom Council and Heifer Project.
2. Negotiation of a contract with a consultant to develop a detailed proposal and implementation of our plan for the establishment of the Kaministikominahiko-skak Cree Nation Traditional Cree Custom Council.
3. Meetings with Federal and Provincial Ministers and other stakeholders affected by the project.
4. Working visits with other Canadian Aboriginal Heifer Projects.