In 1995 the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council (AKRC), was created to directly benefit and protect the interests of its membership, in areas including but not limited to health, education, infrastructure, technical, and resource management services.
It is incorporated as an Aboriginal non-profit organization providing advisory and technical services to the member First Nations. The Kabapikotawangag Protocol, which is founded on the Anishinaabe language, culture and traditions, along with provincial and federal policies, provides the guidelines for the legal and political structures of the organization.
The AKRC staff, committies and communities work together to ensure the cooperation, coordination and holistic approaches are in place for the delivery of services to support a high quality of life for the Anishinaabe people. The primary focus is to ensure the children, youth, adults and elders of the member First Nation communities have the resources available to meet the challenges and opportunities for life-long development.
- Development and implementation of strategic initiatives that enhance the individual Anishinaabe’s ability to complete the life cycle from infancy to elder in society, economically and spiritually self-sufficient community.
- Promotion and protection of the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag commitment to their language, culture, history, spirituality and sacred relation to the land and waters.
- Promotion and protection of the special treaty and fiduciary relationships with the Crown.
- Act as a collective entity to develop economic initiatives for the 5 member First Nations while protecting, enhancing, conserving, and managing the resources in the Kabapikotawangag (Lake of the Woods).
- Develop technological capabilities at the First Nation level in all areas of resource harvesting and management.
While carrying out this mandate in providing programs and services to the five member First Nations the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council will also engage other governments and organizations in establishing relationships, protocols and agreements. The Chief’s of Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Council have taken steps to assume greater political responsibilities and representation for member First Nations. In regards, changes are taking place to reflect new mandates, relationships and protocols in matters of self-government.
From time immemorial our Nations and people have lived enjoyed the gifts of the Creation. We have enjoyed and benefited from a long history of political, social, and cultural, and spiritual interactions and relationships. The laws and principles we adhere to are those that are set forth in the Ogichitibaakonigewin and the teachings of Gizhiiwaatiziwin, Aatsookaanan, Miinigoowiziwin, and Kagiikwiwinan that have been handed down by our ancestors.