Asikiw Mostos O’Pikinawasiwin (AMO) Law was passed October 8th, 2020. The Louis Bull Tribe was the first Nation in Treaty 6 to implement and bring into force its own child and family services law after the passing of Bill C-92. Bill C-92 respects Indigenous peoples’ jurisdiction over their own child and family services. The AMO Law seeks to protect their children and families while simultaneously preserving the tribe’s Treaty, traditions, language, costumes, culture, and sovereign rights. This law seeks to also bring home children that have been taken away from the Louis Bull Tribe.
The AMO Society was created in mid October, 2020 with the passing of the AMO Law. The society is working to have full authority over its child and family services, exercising the rights of Indigenous people over their own family services as seen in Bill C-92, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) of Canada’s Calls to Action, and the ratification of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.
The Louis Bull Tribe and AMO Society has worked to move all child and family welfare files transferred to the AMO Society and away from the province of Alberta. Due to the acceptance of the AMO Law, there is no purpose for the Alberta government to work within the reserve. Since January 1st, 2020, the Louis Bull Tribe has worked tirelessly to implement the rights of Indeigenous Peoples to have jurisdiction over their own child and family laws, and the reaffirmation of the law will be a powerful way to nurture their children and continue on a traditional way of life. The AMO Society works to ensure that the sacredness and uniqueness of their culture lives on through their children, and allows the history of their people to continue on for generations.