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Treaty #3, Anishinabek Nation sign unity agreement

Thursday November 29, 2012

Grand Council of Treaty #3 and the Anishinabek Nation have signed a Unity Protocol to work together on areas of mutual interest.

“I see this as an opportunity to build on our relationship and work through issues that impact both Nations,” said Treaty #3 Grand Chief Warren White. “In discussions with Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief (Patrick Wedaseh) Madahbee, we’ve agreed that we share the same vision in areas of child welfare and lands and resources.”

Covering the areas of child welfare, lands and resources and protection of treaty and Aboriginal rights, the Unity Protocol was validated during a traditional ceremony at Powwow Island in Wauzhushk Onigum (Rat Portage).

The two leaders agreed to share knowledge of traditional law‐making processes and institutions that are consistent with sacred and traditional Anishinabe law, including the areas of protecting land, resources, environment and life, providing for the best interests of the child in a traditional community and culture, confirming and protecting Anishinabe citizenship and solidifying and strengthening the spirit and intent of the treaties.

“Ogichidaa Warren White and I have taken the advice of our Elders and respective leaders on some of our more critical priorities,” Madahbee said. “With ongoing legislative attacks by all levels of government, this is just the first step in reaffirming our sovereignty and unity at the fundamental base of the Anishinabek Nation.”

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