Constitutional education session comes to WE
The White Earth Nation is involved in the historic process of constitutional reform; in late September or early October the members of the Nation will be voting on the proposed constitution.
In order to prepare voters, educational sessions have been scheduled on and off the reservation to give community members a chance to carefully review the document and learn more about the proposed changes.
A community education session for the proposed Constitution of the White Earth Nation will take place Wednesday, July 27, at the White Earth Community Center.
All community members affiliated with the White Earth Nation are invited to attend these sessions.
The sessions will provide resources and facilitate discussions about the proposed constitution. An Education Team comprised of Constitutional Delegates, Community Councils, and other volunteers are working with Terry Janis, Constitutional Reform Manager, to facilitate and guide the meeting, which will help all community members understand the provisions in the proposed constitution.
The purpose of this is to ensure that citizens of the White Earth Nation will be able to make an informed decision when they vote.
On July 27, two formal education sessions will be held from noon-8 p.m. The first session will be held from 2 -4 p.m. and the second session will be held from 6-8 p.m. Lunch and snacks will be served from noon-2 p.m. and dinner will be served from 5-6 p.m.
Each session will consist of guided discussion about the different provisions and themes within the constitution. Community members are encouraged to come by at any time to ask questions.
Janis and the Educational Team will be visiting every White Earth community on and off the reservation trying to inform as many people as possible about the proposed constitution.
“Our goal is that every citizen of the White Earth Nation have an opportunity to learn about the proposed constitution. When you vote you will be making an informed decision. Your vote will strengthen the sovereignty of the White Earth Nation,” said Janis.
The proposed constitution is the result of the Constitutional Conventions held between 2007 and 2009, by Constitutional Delegates from the communities on and off the reservation. In December 2012 the White Earth Nation received a Bush Foundation grant for constitutional reform. The constitutional community education meetings are a part of the reform process.