Federal study validates proposed new Anishinabek Nation law

    NIPISSING FIRST NATION, ON, April 24 /CNW/ - The principles of the first
modern Anishinabek Nation law are validated by key recommendations of a newly
released federal report on Matrimonial Real Property.
    "It took an exhaustive and expensive federal study to prove what we have
known all along," said Grand Council Chief John Beaucage. "Our people know
best how to govern ourselves."
    A national consultation process, launched last year by Indian Affairs
Minister James Prentice, released its 500-page report today, including
recommendations that First Nations develop their own laws and enforcement
processes dealing with Matrimonial Real Property issues.
    "This is exactly in line with the Anishinabek Nation position," Beaucage
said. "We have proposed a template to help our communities to create their own
local regulations designed by and for their citizens."
    The Grand Council Chief said his office was still analyzing other aspects
of the federal report, tabled today by ministerial representative Wendy
Grant-John, that deal with proposed establishment of interim federal rules
that would allow the courts to make orders regarding possession of homes on
    The draft Anishinabek Nation law - designed to govern and protect the
interests of spouses and families in the event of a marriage dissolution - was
endorsed March 23 by representatives of the 42 Anishinabek member First
Nations at a special assembly in Sault Ste. Marie. The draft law was developed
after an intense schedule of nine consultation meetings held across
Anishinabek Nation territory over a 40-day period this spring. Final
ratification of the law is expected to take place at the Anishinabek Nation
Grand Council Assembly at Alderville First Nation in June. Under the terms of
the proposed law, member First Nations will have one year to pass community
regulations, based on the framework provided in the nation's law.

    The Anishinabek Nation incorporated the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 42 member First
Nations across Ontario. 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.

For further information:

For further information: Bob Goulais, Executive Assistant to the Grand
Council Chief, Phone: (705) 497-9127 (Ext. 2249), or cell: (705) 498-5250,
Email: goubob@anishinabek.ca

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