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October 25, 2022
MAGNETAWAN FIRST NATION — Magnetawan First Nation Chief Lloyd Myke opened up the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement Community Celebration by stressing the importance of the opening prayer and drum song at the Oct. 22 gathering in his community.
The Governance Agreement, the first self-government agreement of its kind in Ontario, was signed virtually on Apr. 6, 2022, received Royal Assent on Jun. 23, and came into effect on Oct. 1 with five signatory communities: Moose Deer Point, Zhiibaahaasing, Magnetawan, Nipissing, and Wahnapitae.
“These are the ways that we’re going to keep moving forward, by using our culture, our language, our teachings,” Chief Myke says. “This Governance Agreement and the way we talk about it, is the roots of how we are and how we are going to keep leading and moving forward in our communities, all our communities.”