John Norbert is a respected elder in Tsiigehtchic, N.W.T. who didn’t miss a single governance meeting at the Gwich’in Gathering. In one of the meetings, Gwich’in Council International provided an update on their work within the Arctic Council, where they govern alongside nations like Finland and Norway. John told members he was worried about the Mackenzie River, on which his community depends for food and transportation. He asked the council to seek assistance in uncovering why it was running so low, which he suspects may be from unremediated dams used for mining.
Today, I successfully defended my Community Governance Project for a Master of Arts in Indigenous Governance 🎓 I worked on a traditional knowledge project with my cousin / uncle Fred Henry. Knowledge has been the most valuable gift that has been given to me on this journey. I now have a responsibility to keep, share, and use the knowledge that has been gifted to me. This MA journey has wrapped up, but like my Uncle Fred has said, “this is only just the beginning!” Here’s to looking forward to what the future brings ✌🏽 . . . . #nlakapamux#nlakapamuxknowledge#masterofarts#indigenouswomenrising#indigenousgovernance#igovfam#indigenousresurgence#decolonize#phd?
The NLC’s Full Council meets at #Barunga. The NLC will join the three other NT Land Councils for a joint meeting later this week, before they all sign an MOU on Friday with the NT Government to lay the foundations for consultations leading towards a #Treaty.
An important part of what we do here at Dechinta is decentralized non-hierarchical method of governance. That means that every day we come together in a circle to share where we’re at, what we need, and what we can give. Some days this is easy, some days there is laughter, some days there are frustrations, and some days there are tears. Today was a day of tears, vulnerability, deep sharing and deep love. #indigenousgovernance#healingontheland