Long-Ago Peoples’ key laws of Respect, Care and Share were treated equally and used in combination with other Indigenous laws. Traditional Knowedge laws are applied internally first, then to others moving outwards towards the broader worldview. The LPR Model attempts to rebuild healthy relationships and respect between land and peoples, knowing that reconciliation can happen when people view themselves as part of nature. The Model strives to rebuild respectful relationships between peoples, where no knowledge system, gender, or group is superior to another.
A collaborative, knowledge-building process respects both First Nations’ Long-Ago Peoples’ Way & Western knowledge. No knowledge systems is dominnant over another; all groups at the table are equal. This planning process works with the three key laws (Respect, Care, and Share), as well as with the two main decision-making tools (No Voice and Knowledge Stream Tree). Affected parties’ viewpoints and Long-Ago knowledge principles are taken into account when directing, balancing and framing the collaborative planning process. The crux of the model is how respect is shown. This creates a Sacred Space for decision-making. The outcome of the LPR Model is friendly solutions for all affected parties.
In the area of governance, Copper has thirty years’ experience in leadership and management roles with Yukon First Nations (YFN), at the local and regional levels. At the local level, his governance experience includes being elected Chief for two different YFNs. At the regional level, Copper’s experience includes being elected Vice-Chairman to the Council for Yukon Indians (CYI) for three consecutive two-year terms (1977-1982). As Vice-Chairman, he managed and directed the Land Claims, Economic Development and Social Programs Departments’ portfolios. Presently, Copper is one of the TKC Family Headmen representing the Chief Jim Boss family. The role and responsibility of a Headman is to represent a traditional family, as it pertains to governance decisions within the TKC traditional territory.
Model includes “those with no voice” in all discussions and decisions made at the roundtable, and their presence is represented with a sign or symbol.
This is a story of how multiple knowledge systems and worldviews could function collaboratively side-by-side, without one trying to dominate the others.
The 'No Voice' Perspective holds space for the voices of future generations, non-human relations, Mother Earth and others to be considered in the decision-making process. Long Ago Peoples’ approach to land relationship and care included all affected parties’ perspective in planning and decision-making. The Model includes “those with no voice” in all discussions and decisions made at the roundtable, and their presence is represented with a sign or symbol;
The “No Voice” contribution could become a critical factor in final decision-making.