SHEGUIANDAH FN, June 7, 2012 /CNW/ - The Anishinabek Nation yesterday
proclaimed the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin, the Anishinabek Nation
constitution, setting a solid foundation for governance and the
exercise of inherent rights bestowed by the Creator.
The proclamation ceremony was held at the 2012 Grand Council, in
Sheguiandah First Nation, where Chiefs accepted the Nation's
constitution on behalf of its citizens. "It is a proud day for the
Anishinabek Nation and our citizens because our leadership has taken an
important step toward reaffirming our inherent rights", said newly
acclaimed Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.
The Anishinabek Nation constitution is the result of more than 14 years
of development and consultation among Anishinabek citizens. Founded and
guided by Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe (One Anishinaabe Family), the
Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin marks a return to Anishinaabe identity and
traditional governance. It sets out the structure of the Anishinabek
Nation Government with the power to develop laws and policies for the
exercise of inherent jurisdictions belonging to the Anishinabek Nation.
"Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe is the covenant between the Anishinaabe
and the Creator", said Lewis Debassige, M'Chigeeng First Nation Elder.
"It is the heart of our Chi-Naaknigewin".
Included in the covenant are the Anishinaabe values and imperatives for
the jurisdiction of lands and resources and for sovereignty. Madahbee
has long been advocating for the proclamation of the Anishinaabe
Chi-Naaknigewin, knowing that the possibilities it will create for the
next seven generations are endless.
"The Chi-Naaknigewin does not replace Anishinabek First Nation treaties
or our inherent rights", said Madahbee. "Instead it can assist our
communities against colonial legislation by giving us a process to
implement our treaty rights and assert our jurisdiction."
Anishinabek First Nations are encouraged to develop their individual
The proclamation ceremony was conducted by Anishinabek Nation Elder
Gordon Waindubence, who performed a pipe ceremony in honour of the
historic event. Chiefs and citizens continued the celebration into the
evening with a feast and community social.
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
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