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New agreement lets 5 Ontario First Nations make their own decisions – CBC

Jun 28, 2022

Five Ontario First Nations have taken a new step toward self-governance.

The Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement Act received royal assent on June 22 and grants the First Nations power to make their own decisions in four key areas: leadership selection, citizenship, language and culture, and operations and management of government.

“This has taken some time to come to fruition,” said Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod.

“But it’s a welcome step for us and other First Nations to start moving out of the Indian Act and starting to assert our own governance and jurisdiction in our rightful place.”

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