Indigenous Governance and Partnership Program

Community Research and Learning


Constitution and Citizenship Project, Aseniwuche Winewak Nation

The WLGL is partnered with AWN working on a major project developing a Citizenship Code. Community Coordinators, Kristal Chowace, Stuart McDonald and Cathy Wanyandie conducted over 300 self identification surveys for this work, the results of which were compiled and analyzed by Dr. Shalene Jobin and her students. This summer Kristal, Cathy and Stuart were joined by WLGL research students, Evann Goltz and Mark Tripe de Roche, to return the results, along with clear language legal information resources, back to the community. The team made 70 home visits to share information and gather peoples' ideas and concerns to inform a draft code.

    Wahkohtowin Laws and Governance Workshop (May 2019)

    Dr. Val Napoleon and Dr. Rebecca Johnson, of the University of Victoria Indigenous Law Research Unit (ILRU), joined the Lodge to co-facilitate a highly interactive two and a half day workshop that introduced participants to some of the practical challenges, sources, resources and methods for engaging with Indigenous legal and governance principles today.

    This workshop is a core component of UVic ILRU community partnered projects and includes introductory training in the ILRU method (developed by Val Napoleon and Hadley Friedland)  for identifying and articulating Indigenous laws. At the May 2019 workshop, participants were also introduced to the IGP method for revitalizing governance work, which we are bringing together as another core approach in the Wahkohtowin Lodge.

      Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge Official Launch (May 2019)

      "With a hands-on, eye-opening workshop in which participants learned the basic steps of two methods for identifying and working with Indigenous law and governance principles, the University of Alberta’s Wahkohtowin Law and Governance Lodge officially launched late last month."

        Community Service Learning - partnership with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation (January-April 2019)

        In Native Studies 445/550 (Community Development Processes/Research Practicum in Native Studies) taught by Dr. Jobin, undergraduate and graduate students collectively contributed over 400 hours towards four group projects in collaboration with Aseniwuche Winewak Nation:

        • Membership and Citizenship
        • Constitutions
        • Governance Models

        Faculty of Native Studies graduate student, Johanne Johnson, was hired to coordinate the projects.

          ᐘᐦᑯᐦᑐᐏᐣ wahkohtowin/ ᒥᔪ ᐑᒉᐦᑐᐏᐣ miyo-wîcêhtowin Principles and Practice course (June 2017)

          The Cree concept of wahkohtowin (roughly: our inter-relatedness and interdependence) has been a central tenet of Cree law, philosophy, spirituality and politics for centuries. In this unique summer intensive course (NS 403/NS 503/Law 599), guided by professors, Elders, and knowledge-keepers within a community setting, students actively engaged with Indigenous – particularly Cree – legal and governance concepts from a land-based perspective.

          The course included an on-the-land camp that took place over three days in Aseniwuche Winewak territory and was structured around a central pedagogy of the traditional tanning of a moose hide.