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Fisher River and Other First Nations Forge Historic Path with Relationship Declaration for First Nations Child Welfare Jurisdiction in Manitoba

todayMay 14, 2024 28

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In a monumental step towards reclaiming sovereignty and self-determination, Fisher River Cree Nation, alongside several other First Nations, has signed a historic Relationship Declaration with the Province of Manitoba. This transformative agreement signifies a pivotal moment in the journey towards Indigenous-led child welfare jurisdiction, rooted in the principles of reconciliation, respect, and collaboration.

Under the new Relationship Declaration, Fisher River Cree Nation and participating First Nations will assert their inherent rights to care for and protect their children within their communities. This landmark agreement marks a departure from the legacy of colonial child welfare practices, emphasizing the importance of Indigenous knowledge, culture, and community-based solutions in safeguarding the well-being of First Nations children and families.

By affirming their commitment to shared decision-making and co-operation, Fisher River Cree Nation and its Indigenous counterparts are paving the way for a more equitable and inclusive child welfare system that prioritizes cultural continuity, family connections, and the holistic health of Indigenous youth. This collaborative effort reflects a collective dedication to breaking down systemic barriers and addressing historical injustices that have disproportionately impacted First Nations communities for generations.

The signing of the Relationship Declaration represents a significant shift towards reconciliation, recognizing the inherent rights and responsibilities of Indigenous nations to govern and protect their children in ways that align with their cultural values and traditions. Through this collaborative initiative, Fisher River Cree Nation and other First Nations are taking proactive steps to restore and revitalize their communities, ensuring a brighter and more hopeful future for generations to come.

As Fisher River Cree Nation and its Indigenous partners embark on this transformative journey towards self-governance in child welfare, they stand as beacons of resilience, strength, and unity. This historic Relationship Declaration serves as a powerful testament to the unwavering commitment of First Nations communities to reclaim their autonomy, uphold their sovereignty, and nurture the well-being of their children with dignity and pride.

In embracing this new chapter of collaboration and empowerment, Fisher River Cree Nation and fellow signatories of the Relationship Declaration are setting a precedent for meaningful reconciliation and nation-to-nation partnerships. Together, they are forging a path forward towards a more just, inclusive, and culturally affirming child welfare system that honours the inherent rights and unique identities of Indigenous peoples across Manitoba and beyond.

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Fisher River Cree Nation is a community in which our history, language, traditions, and culture are paramount to who we are as a people. We will protect and maintain the spirit and intent of the treaties and our inherent rights. Fisher River will be a self-sustaining progressive community with a strong and accountable government. We will provide an environment where all people are healthy, safe, and respected.