POLICY AND COMMUNICATIONS
The Policy and Communications Department is committed to the protection of Aboriginal and treaty rights and supporting the goals, values and aspirations of the Anishinabek Nation.
“The Union of Ontario Indians Policy and Communications department is committed to supporting the protection of aboriginal and treaty rights, building positive communications and relationships between our member First Nation governments and the Crown, and supporting the goals, values and aspirations of the Anishinabek Nation.”
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
Policy and Communications 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 Policy and Communications 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 – Action Plan coordination
- Anishinabek Nation – Ontario Government Political Leadership coordination
Work to ensure ongoing relations with all levels of governments in areas of planning and community development opportunities. This includes:
- Community advocacy and support for government policies and processes
Coordination of bilateral roundtables with the Government of Ontario through its Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation. 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: TRUTH (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 newsletter as well as the Niijii Circle Page in the North Bay Nugget is produced by the communications unit.
- Treaty Education resources
- Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement with Canada
- Master Education Framework Agreement with Ontario
- Core Governance Communications
- Election process education and awareness
- Government liaison communication support
- Social media and website content and coordination
Treaty Research Area:
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 Nation on the specific claims process.