Anishinaabe Abinoojii Inakonigewin – Treaty #3 Child Care Law
Anishinaabe Inakonigewin was declared and adopted in October 2005
The Child Care Law or Anishinaabe Abinoojii Inakonigewin, has its roots in the sacred law of our people. Sacred Law comes from Giizhi Manido/Creator. Sacred Law is founded in spirituality and spiritual gifts – minigoosiwin; and with these gifts comes duties, roles, and responsibilities. The Sacred Law of the Anishinaabe people is understood as such: The child is a sacred gift from Manido and this child represents the continuity of the Nation (Anishinaabe).
The concepts that guide Anishinaabe Abinoojii Inakonigewin come from Traditional Anishinaabe Law which is universal and is forever.
“Traditional Anishinaabe Law recognizes that the child must live, belong and grow within an environment of human relationships rooted in the family, the clan and the community, and that these needs are essential to the best interest of every Anishinaabe child; and Anishinaabe culture comprises the whole accumulated knowledge and wisdom that has enabled the people to survive and live a good life: and, Traditional Anishinaabe Law requires each Anishinaabe person to protect and uphold the culture for the benefit of future generations, and gives the Anishinaabe people guidance for their lives.” (The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3, Child Care Law, 2005)
Customary Law can be compared to temporal law; it can be codified and can change over time.
“The Anishinaabe people has since time immemorial passed down to successive generations, and adapted for each generation, temporal law consistent with traditional law to meet the needs of successive generations as they may arise, including law for the care and protection of its children and families” (The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3, Child Care Law, 2005).
“The nation now finds it necessary for the care of its children and protection of its families to express certain aspects of its temporal law in writing so that it may be better and more widely understood and respected, and to adapt it to meet the needs of the present generation” (The Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3, Child Care Law, 2005)