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Royal Assent for the Anishinabek Nation Self-Government Act

The Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement is now in effect.

Bill S-10, the first self-government agreement of its kind in Ontario, received Royal Assent in Parliament on June 23, 2022.

Officials say the legislation will build on the work of the Anishinabek Nation to help them achieve their inspiring vision of a better future for their communities.

“We are pleased to see that Parliament unanimously supports our governance aspirations,” said Chief Scott McLeod of Nipissing First Nation. “He recognizes that we have the right and the ability to decide important issues ourselves, like who our people are. This is just another step on our journey to full autonomy.

Ottawa says the agreement represents another important step in renewing relationships, closing socio-economic gaps and promoting greater prosperity now and in the future.

“Canada continues to work to renew nation-to-nation relationships and advance self-determination, with Indigenous partners like the Anishinabek Nation,” said Marc Miller, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations. “We will continue to support agreements created by Indigenous communities, for Indigenous communities, so they can achieve their own visions of success.

The agreement, which was signed in April 2022, recognizes Anishinabek control over their governments and law-making powers in four key areas:

  • direction selection
  • citizenship
  • language and culture
  • government operations

The Nipissing First Nation was one of the signatory first nations.

Teresa R. Cabrera

The author Teresa R. Cabrera