NCCIE has partnered with First Nations University of Canada (FNUniv) and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) to complete a project that began in 2009. FNUniv recognized the increasing interest amongst First Nations to re-learn and reintroduce traditional governance principles and practices in their communities and to teach these customs and laws to their youth.
Students at FNUniv followed traditional protocols to invite Elders and Knowledge Holders to participate in video interviews about Indigenous governance. Special gratitude is extended to the following Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anihšināpē (Saulteaux), and Dakhóta (Dakota) Elders and Knowledge Holders for sharing their knowledge so that future generations can learn from them:
- Barry Ahenakew, Ahtahkakoop First Nation
- Margaret Cote, Cote First Nation
- AJ Felix, Standing Buffalo First Nation
- Verma Goodfeather, Standing Buffalo First Nation
- George Kanipitetew, Onion Lake Cree Nation
- Dave Leswiss, Standing Buffalo First Nation
- Francis McAdam, Big River First Nation
- Juliette McAdam, Big River First Nation
- Sylvia McAdam, Big River First Nation
- Jimmy Myo, Moosomin First Nation
- Charles Stevenson, Keeseekoose First Nation
After following protocols, Elders and Knowledge Holders were asked the following questions to discuss:
- What was life like before treaty? How were your People organized and governed before Treaty?
- How were leaders selected?
- What were the roles of women?
- What was life like after treaty? How did governance change after Treaty?
- How did people used to make a living? And how has that changed?
- How did women’s roles change?
- How did men’s roles change?
- What do you want to say to the youth who will become the next leaders?
NCCIE and FNUniv are grateful to the many people who helped bring this project to light.
FNUniv and JSGS Partners
- Jennifer S. Dockstator, NCCIE Project Director
- Professor Richard Missens, FNUniv
- Dr. Bettina Schneider, FNUniv
- Dr. Bob Kayseas, FNUniv
- Professor Shannon Avison, FNUniv
- Dr. Ken Coates, JSGS
Special gratitude is extended to the following individuals for their time and expertise translating, creating subtitles, and verifying time codes:
Technical, Logistical, and Website Development Teams
- Elmer Ballantyne, Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree)
- Lynn (Lorena) Cote, Anihšināpē (Saulteaux)
- Dorothy Myo, Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree)
- Darren Okemaysim, Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree)
- Solomon Ratt, Nêhiyawak (Plains Cree)
- Maureen Yuzicappi, Dakota
Thanks to the following individuals who provided editorial, technical and logistical support:
- Terry Massey, NCCIE Technical Team Lead
- Stewart Manhas, NCCIE Editor
- Grace McLeod, FNUniv Elders Council Liaison
- Alina Perrault, NCCIE Technical Assistant
- Engineered Code, Regina, SK
- CineSend, Toronto, ON
Deep appreciation is extended to First Nations University of Canada and Johnson Shoyama Graduate School of Public Policy (JSGS) for their financial support for this project.