“Finite players play within boundaries; infinite players play with boundaries.”
― James Carse
Message to First Peoples
ear First Peoples, also known as the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island. This Commons is an emerging space for Settlers and First Peoples to make sense of Right Relations in accordance with the original Treaties. Here, we use play and possibility to explore the concept of the Infinite Game. This concept, when closely examined, defines Indigenous Cultures in general and specifically the framework of the Two Row Wampum Treaty.
"Infinite games can be played by known and unknown players, there are no exact rules and the length of play is infinite. There is no winning in infinite games. The objective is to continue playing the game. Examples of infinite games include treaties, business, politics and life itself"
For the past year we have reached out to Artists, Land Defenders, Grassroots and Academics from various First Peoples Cultures in an effort to find out how we, as Settlers, can engage in dialogue and/ or sharing circles in order to learn how to create right relations with our Treaty Partners. We want to fufill our duties and obligations as treaty people because our governments failed to do so...
First Peoples who are online in spaces such as Twitter and Facebook and who do podcasts have told us again and again that they are NOT interested in educating "settlers" on the Laws, Ways and Customs of their cultures. We are fine with this, as there is a lot of information shared on Social media platforms that can be accessed, reviewed, considered and archived. We have begun to do this and will continue to Self Educate thru this commons. As an example of what we will do in the final app we are co- creating please check out our wiki and also our Treaty Dictionary.
How can you help? We would appreciate your input on the design and governance of this commons. Also, there must be ways that we can include you in our Liminal Treaty Talks. Perhaps you would like to host a video sharing circle on a topic that is of interest to you: this could be anything from Resilience to Covid19. In the future, as we grow, and collect donations to support the development of this commons we a plan to compensate you for your time.
Why would you want to be a part of this commons? While we know that First Peoples have not been given the Respect, Friendship and Peace that your Chiefs asked for during the original Treaty Talks we also know that we as Settlers and Immigrants to these lands and territories are, thanks to technology, much more aware of the Genocide that the Government, Church and State of so called Canada has and continues to perpetuate against you and your people and as a result we are seeking a thousand ways to reconcile our Collective Karmic Debt.
In a post COVID world we all need to come together to try and work things out and support one another. We know that our existing governments, for the most part, seek only profit over people and their leaders play the FINITE, winner take all game. In the months and years ahead feel that we should begin to re imagine Treaty Relations even on a small scale so that we may begin to live in right relationships with one another. In order to find out how we can assist you we need to hear from you! Call us Crazy but we know that in order to overcome the Apartheid System that separates us we must begin to do so thru sharing in private, secure circles what it means to be in right relations with First Peoples. We need to explore ways of being, of knowing and of acting. We ask that you might give us a second chance in this connected age, an age in which many speak of how coming together, regardless of race, color or creed in order, to survive the changes that COVID and Climate Change will bring to us all is essential to the survival of us all... If you agree, then please...