Assembly of First Nations National Chief to attend Historic Three Fires Confederacy Gathering hosted by Anishinabek Nations, August 20-24, 2007 at Garden River First Nation, Ontario

    SAULT STE. MARIE, ON, Aug. 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Assembly of First Nations
National Chief Phil Fontaine will join Anishinabek Chiefs and hundreds of
delegates from across Canada and the United States for an opening address at
the historic Three Fires Confederacy Gathering, tomorrow, Tuesday, August 21,
2007 at 10:30 a.m.
    The Gathering is taking place August 20-24, 2007 in Garden River First
Nation, Ontario, at Ojibway Park, just off of Highway 17 East.
    The Anishinabek is the nation and people known also as the Ojibway, Odawa
and Pottawatomi who together form the Three Fires Confederacy. Historically,
the tribes met regularly for social, spiritual, military and political
    The first two days of the gathering will be devoted to sharing the
history and the protocol of the Three Fires Confederacy. Issues such as
relationships with governments, border crossing issues, water and Great Lakes
management will be discussed.

    Media Highlights:

    Tuesday, August 21

    9:00 a.m.       Opening - Welcome

    10:30 a.m.      Grand Entry - Eagle Staffs

    Welcome Address by Dignitaries:

    Chief Lyle Sayers, Garden River First Nation

    National Chief Phil Fontaine, Assembly of First Nations

    Grand Council Chief John Beaucage, Anishinabek Nation Ontario Regional
    Chief Angus Toulouse, Chiefs of Ontario Andy Rickard, Shingwauk
    Anishinaabe Students Association Jim Dumont, Easter Doorway Chief, Three
    Fires Society Charlie Nelson, Western Doorway Chief, Three Fires Society
    Leona Stevens, Chief Kwe, Three Fires Society Grand Chief Edward
    Benton-Banai, Three Fires Society

    1:30 p.m.       Introduction & History, Three Fires

    2:00 p.m.       Anishinabe History
                    Anishinabe Creation & Turtle Island Homeland

    4:00 p.m.       The Clan System

    5:00 p.m.       Traditional Governance

    Wednesday, August 22, 2007

    9:00 a.m.       Concurrent Workshops

                    Culture Based Education Panel
                    Fisheries & Harvesting

    10:30 a.m.      Anishinabemowin

    1:30 p.m.       Concurrent Workshops (continued)

                    Heritage Preservation

    3:30 p.m.       Calling of the Eagle Staffs

                    History & Vision of Eagle Staff Gathering
                    Introduction of Eagle Staffs, Recognition of Staff

    Thursday, August 23, 2007

    9:00 a.m.       Concurrent Workshops (continued)


    11:00 a.m.      Final Plenary Discussion & Resolution

                    Discussing the next Three Fires Confederacy Gathering
                    Adopting a Declaration/Resolution

    12:00 noon      Raising of the Unity Poles Ceremony

    The full agenda for the gathering can be found at

    Media and attending participants must register on site.

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.

For further information:

For further information: Nancy Pine, Communications Advisor, Office of
the National Chief, (613) 298-6382 cellular,

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