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Nikawiy to Nitanis narratives for inherent role of Nehiyawak Iskwew in Governance and Numbered Indian Treaty Enforcement: Treaty Four and Treaty Six
niya askitako piasew iskwew.
I am Blue Thunderbird Woman.
Nikawiy narratives including Mother to daughter, nation to nation, spirit and intent, and Treaty Enforcement will be based on nikawiy (my mother's) teachings that I will interpret as my inherent role as Nehiyaw Iskwcw (Cree woman) specifically for governance and numbered Treaty Enforcement. My proposed methodology is also based on Circle of Life, Pimalisiwin, Calendar (Poitras, 1996) curriculum that is related and included in the "universe is listening to me" paskwaw moostoos Treaty Law School (Poitras, 2016). We are from the Peepeekisis Cree Nation in what is now known as Saskatchewan. My mother osawasrimahkoop iskwew is originally from Onion Lake on what is now the border between Alberta and Saskatchewan. Peepeekisis is in Treaty Four territory and Onion Lake is in Treaty Six territory.
The File Hills Indian Farm Colony operated on the Peepeekisis Indian Reserve in southern Saskatchewan between 1900 and 1932. The Colony brought together select graduates from Indian Industrial and Residential Schools for the purpose of farming, community development and, ultimately, assimilation. Although celebrated nationally and politically as a success, the Colony was also an admitted experiment with human lives and social engineering, meant to solve the "Indian Problems."Keep Reading...