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This Nibi Declaration is about respect, love, and our sacred relationship with nibi and the life that it brings.
It is based on Gitiizii m-inaanik teachings about nibi, aki/lands, other elements (including air and wind) and all of creation. This knowledge will be preserved and shared through the declaration with our youth and future generations. Anishinaabe-Ikwewag have a sacred responsibility to nibi and should be included in all decision-making around nibi. This declaration will guide us in our relationship with nibi so we can take action individually, in our communities and as a nation to help ensure healthy, living nibi for all of creation.
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The Nibi Declaration was developed and formally recognized through assembly and ceremony by Treaty #3. The Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Council suggested that there should be a declaration to ensure that Treaty #3 Anishinaabe Nibi Inaakonigewin (water law principles) are recorded and formally recognized in governance processes. This timeline presents some of the key events in bringing the declaration to light.
The Nibi Declaration of Treaty #3 is based in an established foundation of work that has been developed over time by scholars and community members . Using the vast knowledge of our Elders, the Great Earth Law Manito Aki Inakonigaawin, and other sources of Anishinaabe inaakonigewin, the Women’s Council and research support team worked together to develop the declaration.
Our relationship with nibi is preserved through ceremony, teachings, education and knowledge shared through generations.
Decolonizing Water Project: Indigenous Water Law
How are Indigenous communities, researchers, artists, and lawyers coming together to explore Indigenous-led, community-based water monitoring rooted in Indigenous law? Decolonizing Water engages interdisciplinary research and Indigenous-led co-research, paying close attention to the ecological, socio-economic, cultural and spiritual dimensions of water.
Aimée Craft: What is the meaning of water to indigenous communities in Manitoba?
Indigenous legal scholar Aimee Craft reflects on the significance of water to Indigenous communities in Canada as a source of life, and as a source of all contemporary issues facing First Nations people today. Hear about the impacts of hydro-electric development in Manitoba, especially on territorial lands, ecosystems and wildlife, and the connectedness of Indigenous communities along vital waterways.
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