The Restoration of Jurisdiction Department at the Union of Ontario Indians was mandated by the Anishinabek Grand Council Chiefs-in-Assembly in 1995 to establish and carry out negotiations with the Governments of Canada and Ontario to restore jurisdiction in several areas including, but not limited to governance, education, social services, jurisdiction, economic development and health, with the initial focus on governance and education.
Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe - One Anishinaabe Family
Creator placed the Anishinaabe on the earth along with the gift of spirituality.
Here on mother earth, there were gifts given to the Anishinaabe to look after, fire, water,
earth and wind. The Creator also gave the Anishinaabe seven sacred gifts to guide them.
They are: Love, Truth, Respect, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty, and Bravery.
Creator gave us sovereignty to govern ourselves.
We respect and honour the past, present and future.
THE MISSION OF RESTORATION OF JURISDICTION IS:
In accomplishing the mandate from the Chiefs in-Assembly our key initiatives are;
- To rebuild traditional governance and facilitate the recognition of the inherent jurisdiction of the Anishinabek Nation by supporting and executing the Nation Building initiatives to ensure the political goals, values, and aspirations of the Anishinabek Nation are asserted.
Education and Governance Negotiations:
- Supports consultations and provides updates to First Nation citizens and collects feedback on the self-governance agreements that are being negotiated for them.
Education and Governance Working Groups:
- Supports negotiations conducted in a manner that allows First Nation citizens to attend and observe the negotiations in rural and urban communities.
Chiefs Committee on Governance:
- Supports the Education and Governance Agreements, two (2) working groups have been established to provide direct grassroots input and pursue a Final Agreement for each negotiation.
- Is made up of representatives from each of the four (4) regions of the Union of Ontario Indians, and the committee provides direction and support to the agreement negotiations.
Appeals & Redress:
- In conjunction with the self-governance Agreements, an Anishinabek Constitution, as well as First Nation constitutions are being developed by the Participating First Nations and Union of Ontario Indians, respectively.
Approvals and Ratification:
- Supports regional tribunals formed to deliver on appeals and redress services for the First Nations in each of the four (4) regions, and for the Anishinabek Nation as a whole.
- Supports the identification of eligible First Nation citizens who will be able to review the Final Education and Governance Agreements and vote on their approval in a final ratification
Implementing the Declaration of 1980
We are Nations. We have always been Nations. As Nations, we have inherent rights that have never been given up. We have the right to our own forms of government. We have the right to self-determination.