The Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation is currently making preparations to introduce a vast engagement process that will give the membership an opportunity to contemplate new legislative mechanisms designed to advance the socio-economic position of the nation within this region.
WE ASK THAT OUR ELDERS, FORMER LEADERS, KNOWLEDGE KEEPERS, AND FAMILIES MAKE PREPARATIONS TO PARTICIPATE IN THIS PROCESS AS IT IS ROLLED OUT IN THE COMING MONTHS.
THE DEVELOPMENTS ON THIS FILE WILL BE MANAGED BY MSBD, INCLUDING THE DEVELOPMENT AND ISSUANCE OF ALL BRIEFINGS AND COMMUNITY ENGAGEMENT SESSION BULLETINS.
MSBD has been tasked with managing this file and with driving the process because of the economic implications this new legislation may bring. We want to ensure that the nation is well positioned to compete in the 21st Century. This includes introducing conceptual iterations of advanced First Nations involvement within the provincial economy and its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) output.
As per Muscowpetung band protocol, we will engage the people on all matters concerning the nation. The management of these processes will be aligned with our traditional protocols and ceremonies (the spiritual world) when necessary. We will assign a Knowledge Keeper and Presiding Elder to provide assurance for each occurrence when protocols and ceremony are necessary.
Some of the legislation that will be contemplated are federal pieces of legislation which are considered “opt-in,” such as the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA) or the Fiscal Management Act (FMA). Through direct engagement with our members we will determine whether or not such legislation will be beneficial to our goals and pursuits as a people.
It is important to note that all federal proposals will be subject to the vote of the people of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation before any implementation occurs.
At this point we are only making preliminary preparations in the planning of this new suite of legislative proposals for our nation. The Chief and Council can enact new band legislation via Band Council Resolutions (BCRs) pending the outcome of referendums on such items.
THE FOLLOWING MAJOR ITEMS ARE CURRENTLY BEING DEVELOPED IN DRAFT FORM:
THE MSN CONSTITUTION ACT
LAND CODE & MANAGEMENT
A proposal to establish internal decision making mechanisms on land use and land allocations on reserve land. This will include the creation of an internal administrative bureaucracy and own Regulations.
It may also include wider considerations on land use in and among the entire Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation traditional and/or occupancy territory – which is considered the Treaty Four Territory stretching across the borders of SASKATCHEWAN, Albert and Manitoba.
Federal Opt-in legislation will be considered for implementation – in whole, or in part. [Referring to: the First Nations Land Management Act (FNLMA).
FISCAL MANAGEMENT ACT (FMA)
This legislation will be considered with respect to the goals and aspirations of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation. The FMA is an option that will allow Muscowpetung to enact its own authorities in relation to the following matters:
• Financial Administration Laws
• Local revenues derived from On-Rez activities that can be taxed or imposed by the band (i.e. fees, service fees, licensing fees, etc). At present, all such decision making is subject to the Indian Act.
• Engagement and Execution of this legislation can enable the nation access to vast financing for major infrastructure and economic development projects in the future.
ECONOMIC INVESTMENT LEGISLATION TYPE 2
ECONOMIC INVESTMENT LEGISLATION TYPE 3
Zoning legislation to allow financial institutions to lend to members so that they can build and mortgage a home on our reserve lands like other Canadians. At present, banks and lending institutions refuse to provide mortgages to our people. This legislation can open up the potential for certain zoning to assure fiscal protections and assurances.
FIRST NATIONS ON-RESERVE LABOUR ASSOCIATION
A proposal to establish an on-reserve labour association with the same features and functionality of a union.
ON-RESERVE MANUFACTURING INDUSTRIAL COMPLEX
A proposal to bring manufacturing facilities to the Muscowpetung Saulteaux Nation in partnership with surrounding Rural Municipalities and international proponents. The legislation will create the necessary jurisdictional environment to draw investors and the support of the provincial government.