Citizens of Cowessess First Nation begin ceremonies, feasts, gatherings, songs, healing, and other occasions with traditional protocols which have been passed on from generation to generation since time immemorial. Our human birth, the Creator gave this to us. It was at that time the Creator blessed us before our human birth, from the Creator’s flame, a ’soul flame’ – the soul flame is there to look after our bodies, our minds and our souls. We picked from the Creator’s flame before our human birth, the tiny flame we picked became our soul, which is called a soul flame. Cowessess First Nation laws and legal traditions are an essential part of our culture. Within these laws are the protocols, etiquettes and methodologies that provide direction and guidance in participating of ceremonies.
Non-Indigenous colonial jurisdiction has resulted in the diminishment and loss of language, culture, songs, practices and jurisdiction. The Miyo Pimatisowin Act will guide Cowessess First Nation in the formal and informal methods that will maintain behaviours, ideologies, institutions, policies, and economics of its people and resources. These formal and informal methods will be built upon the medicine wheel teachings of mental, emotional, physical, and spiritual pillars. The Coordination Agreement will build on the relationship Cowessess First Nation has with the Government of Canada and the Government of Saskatchewan. Like a braid of sweetgrass, each strand will represent the unity each will need to play to assure the Miyo Pimatisowin Act is supported and lead by the Cowessess First Nation over children and families requiring help.