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Council of Canadians Blood Reserve chapter formed

Blood Tribe chapter

Founding meeting of the Blood Reserve chapter.

A Council of Canadians Blood Reserve chapter was formed yesterday!

The Blood Tribe, also known as the Kainai Nation, is located approximately 200 kilometres south of Calgary. They are one of the three nations that comprise the Blackfoot Confederacy and speak a language of the Algonquin linguistic group.

The agenda for that meeting (posted on a Facebook page) included:

  • Welcome

  • Prayer & Smudge

  • While attendees eat, we present the who, what, why, how, etc, eg: the importance and benefits of having a Council of Canadians chapter here on the rez as well as provide some history and issues the that our mother chapter is involved in and how to get involved and the levels of possibilities

  • Elect a treasurer and discuss organizational options

  • Feedback from attendees on what concerns they have and what’s important to them with some dialogue on solutions

  • Fundraising ideas

  • Closing words and collectively agree to next meeting time, date and location

Our Prairies-Northwest Territories organizers Brigette DePape and Diane Connors were at the founding meeting.

This morning they wrote, “It was incredible to be on the Blood Reserve yesterday, on traditional territory of the Blackfoot people. The group that came out was inspiring – youth to elders, with a variety of passions and concerns. We are happy to announce the founding of the newest chapter (and the first First Nation chapter): Council of Canadians Blood Reserve Chapter!”

Welcome to the Blood Reserve chapter!

Further reading
Women of the Blood Nation blockade Murphy Oil fracking site (Sept. 9, 2011)
Maude Barlow visits Blood Reserve (June 6, 2011)