YFFN has accessed funding allowing the five First Nations (YFFN, FLCN, TCN, WLFN, and SFN) to work collaboratively on Kitaskiinan Kawekanawaynichikatek - Protecting Our Land. This includes funding for establishing a Working Group for the First Nations to meet regularly in-person 4 times/year, or through virtual meetings/conference calls approximately every 6 weeks, depending on COVID-19 safety and restrictions. In-person meetings are to be held in Thompson, Manitoba or in participating First Nation communities.
The Working Group will be ideally composed of 4-5 people from each First Nation. Each Nation is encouraged to select members from a diversity of backgrounds and experience (e.g., Elder (Knowledge Keeper), Leadership (Chief/Councillor), Resource User (or RMB Member), and a Youth (or Student)). Honoraria will be paid to individuals attending Working Group meetings that are not Leadership (Chief/Councillors) or First Nation salaried employees. Elders, Resource Users, and Youth are eligible for honoraria. Travel costs to attend in-person meetings and gatherings will also be covered.
The role of the Working Group will be to set direction, review progress, and make major decisions regarding Kitaskiinan Kawekanawaynichikatek - Protecting Our Land. Working Group members will participate by:
- bringing forth their community’s interests acknowledging shared and overlapping interests with other communities.
- attending meetings, workshops, and gatherings as ambassadors of their collaborating community.
- working closely with their particular Community Coordinator; and
- informing and coordinating with their respective Leadership.