Thursday, October 01, 2020


Watch and Listen: Tradition and Effective Governance

Councilor Georjann Morreseau of Fort William First Nation, located in Ontario, talks about the challenges of teaching Fort William youth about traditions and governance.

Joseph Norris of the Halalt Nation, located in British Columbia talks about being raised from the age of five to be a leader and about the structure of traditional governance in his community.  He says that younger people see him as obsolete and that his community must bring the traditional language and teachings back.

Ron Thomas of Haudenosaunee / Six Nations, located in Ontario talks about Haudenosaunee traditional governance, and the challenges of removing the Indian Act and replacing it with more traditional governance.

Chief Gamble of Beardy and Okemasis First Nation, locatedi n Saskatchewan, talks about what has happened to traditional governance at Beardys. He says that tradition and spirituality are a way of life and might be captured in a constitution so that First Nations can develop laws that are based on traditional values. This would be a way to undo the Indian Act and make way for more traditional governance.

Tom Happynook of Huu-ay-ut First Nation, located in British Columbia, explains how traditional leaders are raised from birth to learn the qualities and values of leadership. He also explains how traditional governance in his community is more democratic than the Canadian election process.