KI Director's Message on KI Water Declaration and Consultation Protocol
The Kitchenuhmaykoosib Ininuwug (KI) went through a rigorous community exercise of citizen decision making process with respect to our Indigenous Laws, namely the KI Consultation Protocol and the KI Watershed Declaration. This custom-based process began with our Elders, extended to the whole community, was brought into force by our leaders, and was blessed through ceremony and prayer.
The right to exercise our decision making process does not arise merely from the foreign system imposed on us some five hundred years ago in the form of outside laws, regulations and policies. The outright freedom of self determination on our Homeland that still pervades since time before memory was exercised by the people of KI on July 5, 2011 to decide upon the continued rights and ultimate control of our lands and resources.
We, as KI have always exercised all forms of Indigenous Laws since the beginning of time. We all know that the earth is full of laws and that no one is exempt from natural law as first established by Keeshaymanitou (the Creator). Spiritual laws can be regarded as sacred stemming from Keeshaymanitou. Ancient KI indigenous teachings, stories and legends are also laws that have withstood the test of time. Contemporary KI people have always kept the laws of the KI ancestors to make sure that the original laws are adhered to in order to sustain the earth’s first laws. KI will ensure that our KI legal traditions based on principles of spirituality, indigenous teachings, stories and legends form an important part of KI’s legal inheritance.
We, as KI have found and developed laws from observation and relationship with the living earth around us for thousands of years. From the natural laws, we understood how the earth continues its own function that supports us and all other creation. For example, we have lived and learned about our lake and the KI watershed since time immemorial. We have come to know the behaviours of lakes and rivers that flow into and out of the lake, and we have derived certain natural legal principles and standards from that lived experience, from the teachings of our Edlers, and from Keeshaymanitou – thus, the KI Watershed. The KI Watershed is now a written KI law! It will be enforced by the people of KI.
Jacob Ostaman, Director
KI Director's Message circa 2008-2011
Our antagonists will have to respect our position of complete reverence to our natural world and that their destructive ways of executions must stop!
Jacob Ostaman, Director