SHEGUIANDAH, FN, June 5, 2012 /CNW/ - Patrick Madahbee accepted his
acclamation to a second consecutive term as Grand Council Chief at
today's opening day of the annual general assembly of Anishinabek
"I've still got fight in me," Madahbee told leaders of 39 Anishinabek
First Nations. Madahbee, former Chief of Aundeck Omni Kaning, was also
elected Grand Council Chief in 1980.
"I'm very honoured and humbled to be elected as the Grand Council Chief
of the Anishinabek Nation," re-elected Grand Council Chief Madahbee
said. "We've made a lot of progress as a Nation and as an
organization. I feel empowered by the spirit of our kids and the
resilience of our Elders. As government continues its legislative
assault on First Nations, we continue to grow stronger as a Nation.
Only the Creator and the Anishinabek citizens will determine our
future, not government policies or colonial programs." It's a good day
and it's been an awesome ceremony. I want to extend my thanks to our
leaders, our citizens and to our ancestors. We have work to do yet, but
that's what we're here for- to do the work."
Grand Council Chief Madahbee said that it was significant that all four
Anishinabek Nation Regional Chiefs were also acclaimed: Chief Peter
Collins, Northern Superior Region; Chief Chris Plain, South West
Region; Chief James Marsden, South East Region and Chief Isadore Day,
Lake Huron Region.
Glen Hare of M'Chigeeng First Nation was also unopposed in being
re-elected as Deputy Grand Council Chief.
Deputy Chief Glen Hare delivered an emotional address in the Anishinabek
language to the Chiefs in assembly, "We could not be here without our
mother and our land. We protect our kids and our families. This is our
home and this is our family. The Anishinabek Nation is saying no to
government laws and no agency is going come onto our land to divide our
communities ever again."
Madahbee and Hare will be ceremonially chosen Wednesday in the
traditional stand-up election process, where Chiefs publicly line up
behind the candidates of their choice. Women Elders from the four
Anishinabek regions will celebrate the raising up ceremony.
The Assembly's second day will also see a motion to proclaim the Chi
Naaknigewin, the constitution of the Anishinabek Nation.
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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