Magnetawan First Nation citizens say “yes” on the Governance Agreement ratification vote which concluded on Saturday, February 27. The results of Magnetawan First Nation’s successful ratification vote on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement were 54 yes and 20 no, with no spoiled ballots. While the results are unofficial until a 10-day appeal period is over on March 9, 2021, Chief William Diabo and the First Nation Ratification Officer, Jennifer Tagliabracci, are confident that there are no technical grounds upon which an appeal could successfully put the vote aside.
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As you are aware, COVID-19 Variants of Concern (VOCs) are circulating within Ontario. We are writing to you today to provide updated information and public health recommendations regards COVID-19 VOCs.
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The words “Leadership Selection” are used to make room for other ways to select our leaders. Under
Anishinaabe Law our leaders were the head spokespersons selected by the Clans, our Families. Indian Act governance was imposed on Anishinabek communities to replace and destroy our culture, including our Anishinaabe governance system. Click below to learn more.
None of us could have foreseen the profound and prolonged impact that the COVID-19 pandemic has had on First Nations, Inuit and Métis communities across Canada. Indeed, 2020 has been a year like no other.
During these unique and challenging times, I have witnessed the monumental dedication and leadership you have shown in the face of this new reality, speaking up for the needs of your communities, children and families.
A lot has been accomplished over the past months, and I know the work will continue on the COVID-19 response and recovery over the months ahead. Your perseverance allow us to begin the upcoming year with confidence.
The pandemic may not be over, but I know that we are heading into 2021 better equipped and better prepared for what’s ahead.
I sincerely hope that you will be able to spend time with your loved ones and your families—even if virtually.
I wish you a restful, safe and happy holiday season.
Minister, Indigenous Services Canada