UOI OFFICES, NIPISSING, Jan. 20 /CNW/ - The Anishinabek Nation is
encouraging its citizens to participate in the 2011 Census in order to
ensure adequate funding for such priorities as education, health care
and economic development on and off-reserve.
"We are actively promoting collection of information from Anishinabek
communities so we can gather specific data about our on-reserve and
off-reserve citizens," said Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.
The Anishinabek Nation and Statistics Canada signed a Memorandum of
Understanding (MOU) today establishing a partnership for the complete
and accurate enumeration of Anishinabek citizens in the 2011 Census and
the National Household Survey.
Under terms of the MOU, each Chief and Council will need to issue a Band
Council Resolution authorizing the census and promoting the active
participation of community members. Statistics Canada will hire at
least one person from each of the Anishinabek member communities to
assist in the data collection.
The Anishinabek Nation is promoting the National Household Survey, also
known as the "long-form" census.
"The short-form census is really of no use to us because it does not
provide data on such things as Aboriginal status and our socio-economic
"Completion of the long-form survey is purely voluntary but this is the
information that is essential for our funding requirements," Madahbee
added. "This is our chance to get accurate and up-to-date data on the
socio-economic status of our communities and our Nation."
Anishinabek citizens residing on-reserve are urged to complete the
National Household Survey form when the enumerator calls upon them.
Those living off-reserve will receive a letter from Statistics Canada
in the mail and are urged to complete the National Household Survey
online, following the instructions provided in the letter.
"Involving our citizens in initiatives like the census is in keeping
with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous
Peoples," the Grand Council Chief said. "For example, Article 14 says
signatory states should work with indigenous peoples to have access to
culturally-appropriate education. Data from census participation will
contribute to that."
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
For further information:
Union of Ontario Indians
Phone: (705) 497-9127 (ext. 2290)
Cell: (705) 494-0735
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