The Kabapikotawangag Protocol, the guiding document for AKRC, states that the mandate of the organization is to work to, “Protect and promote the resources in Kabapikotawanagag (Lake of The Woods).” It is its over riding principle of protection and promotion of natural resources that distinguishes AKRC from other tribal councils in the region. Over two decades AKRC has taken the lead role in establishing natural resource programs to ensure that the communities can fulfill their roles as “keepers of the lake”. The AKRC staff, committees, 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. It is within AKRC’s mandate is to educate the communities about the conservation and restoration of the land and water that we protect.
Under the Articles of Incorporation, the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council is mandated for the following:
- development and implementation of strategic initiatives that enhance the individual’s ability to complete the life cycle from infancy to elder in a socially, economically, politically, and spiritually self-sufficient community
- promotion and protection of the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag integrity to their language, culture, history, spirituality and sacred relation to the lands and waters
- and promotion and protection of the special treaty and fiduciary relationships to the crown.
While carrying out its local mandate in providing programs and services to the five member First Nations, the Anishinaabeg of Kabapikotawangag Resource Council also engage other governments and organizations in establishing relationships, protocols, and agreements.
For more information contact Jyles Copenace.