POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Policy and Communications Department is committed to the protection of Aboriginal and treaty rights, ensuring access to land and resources, and supporting the political goals, values and aspirations of the Anishinabek Nation.
“To give a voice to the vision of the Anishinabek Nation and to preserve Anishinabe Bimaadziwin while advancing our goal of Nationhood.
The goals of the Policy and Communications Department are:
- Effective strategic analysis, planning and advice
- Leadership and support on policy development and related activities
- Effective internal and external liaison and co-ordination support
- Effective communications planning, advice and implementation
- Effective internal and external communications.
Intergovernmental Affairs is committed to the advancement of Anishinabek Nation priorities through awareness, advocacy and addressing of crucial issues in addition to the cultivation and promotion of government relationships. The IA department actively participated in and/or coordinated the following initiatives within the mandate of the organization in support of both First Nation community issues and UOI departmental issues:
- Support First Nation requests for government-to-government engagement
- Support UOI Departments in development of Anishinabek Nation-Ontario Action Plan framework
- Anishinabek Nation – Ontario Action Plan Development
- Anishinabek Nation – Ontario Government Political Leadership Summit Work to ensure ongoing relations with all levels of governments in areas of planning and community development opportunities
- Community advocacy and support for government policies and processes
- Coordination of bilateral roundtables with the Government of Ontario through its Ministry of Aboriginal Affairs (MAA). This includes UOI-ON Protocol – Leadership and Technical Tables.
Activities are based on an Anishinabek Medicine Wheel teaching about the gifts of the four directions: RESPECT (Media Relations), HONESTY (Public Education), SHARING (Voices) and RESPECT (Communications Support).
The Communications Unit covers activities related to the Media and offers public relations services on behalf of the Union of Ontario Indians.
The staff are also responsible for managing the Anishinabek News online edition, the annual Great Lakes Pow Wow Guide, website maintenance, social media platforms and production of public relations products such as the “We Are All Treaty People” and ‘Gdoo-Sastamoo Kii Mi” teacher resource kits. Mzinhigan, a bi-weekly staff newletter as well as the Niijii Circle Page in the North Bay Nugget is produced by the communications unit.
The Treaty Research Program’s mandate is to support the research and development of specific claims within the Anishinabek Nation in support of the resolution of many of the outstanding issues with the crown. Each year the Treaty Research Program supports, facilitates and encourages progress of specific claims that are on the UOI work plan.
This work includes
- identifying specific claims,
- conducting historical research,
- providing legal analysis, and
- providing education to First Nations on the specific claims process.