Grand Council Treaty #3 is partnering up with the Southern Chiefs Organization to host a historic first event, which will include representation from all Anishinaabe in North America, including elders, youth, men, women and community leaders.

The Anishinaabe Nation Gathering is taking place for four days in Keeseekoowenin First Nation, north of Brandon, Manitoba, as residents will be able to discuss national and international matters. The event takes place on August 13, 2019.

Organizers say that the inaugural meeting’s intent is to re-establish the Anishinaabe Nation prior to contact, and breakdown the divisive international and inter-provincial borders.

“We have undergone ceremony and sought spiritual guidance to support the planning process,” said Treaty #3 Ogichidaa, Francis Kavanaugh. “These ceremonies are vital to us and will continue to advise us. All Anishinaabe leaders and peoples throughout Turtle Island are invited to attend.”

Turtle Island refers to the continent of North America in some Indigenous cultures.

“We collectively aspire to strengthen our relationships with one another as Anishinaabe people,” said Grand Chief Jerry Daniels of the Southern Chiefs Organization.

“When we gather on issues of great importance, successful partnerships will occur. Language, culture, taxation, trade, jurisdiction and autonomy are some of the areas slated to be on the agenda at the gathering.”

The Southern Chiefs Organization represents 34 First Nation communities in southern Manitoba.

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