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SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK & ATIKAMEKSHENG ANISHNAWBEK RENEW RELATIONSHIP
Posted: Jun 14, 2021
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

SAGAMOK ANISHNAWBEK & ATIKAMEKSHENG ANISHNAWBEK RENEW RELATIONSHIP

[Sagamok Anishnawbek, ON June 14, 2021] Sagamok Anishnawbek and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek are proud to announce a renewal of their historic ties after holding ceremony to affirm their mutual intentions on the evening of June 10, 2021.

The two First Nations signed a Relationship Accord in May 27, 2021 in Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with Gimaa Craig Nootchtai signing on behalf of the people and Leadership of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and Gimaa Alan Ozawanimke signing on behalf of the people and Leadership of Sagamok Anishnawbek.

The Relationship Accord establishes Guiding Principles for a renewed relationship between Sagamok Anishnawbek and Atikameksheng Anishnawbek with an intent towards ongoing dialogue and relationship building. It outlines an approach for decision making and coordinated action and information sharing on key areas of shared interest and responsibility.

The First Nations have strong family connections between them, speak the same Anishinaabemowin and share the same 7 Grandfather Teachings. They share a similar, but unique historical relationship with Canada, including that which came with the signing of the Robinson-Huron Treaty in 1850. Sagamok Anishnawbek and Atikameksheng’s traditional territories also abut with their peoples sharing the lands and resources of shared lands, creating a rich history of inter-community affairs, socialization and shared annual harvesting traditions.

With the First Nations sharing territories and working cooperatively towards the pursuit of shared interests, says Gimaa Ozawanimke,”this Accord lets us address these matters together.”

With the Relationship Accord, Gimaa Nootchtai says, “we are committing to collaborate on areas that we share common interests on such as increasing Anishnaabemowin education in our communities, by determining how we can maximize the benefits to our Nations from resource development in our overlapping traditional territories, and by addressing the drug and alcohol addiction crises in both our Nations”.

Important to the two First Nations is their ceremonies, like the one they shared together on June 10.

We hold ceremony, “and ask our ancestors to meet with us, guide us and support us,” says Gimaa Ozawanimke, who says that he has been reminded through ceremony time again that decisions made today are not just made for the present but impact generations to come.

“We are here for our children”.

“It was important that we do this in ceremony, and we do things in a good way, in a way that our Ancestors did,” says Gimaa Nootchtai.

“Our Councils sat together and shared our concerns and our hopes for our Youth, our Families, our Elders, and for Shkagamik-kwe. We sat by the Sacred Fire, shared the Pipe, and gifted each other. That’s the Spirit of the Accord, to meet and plan how we can work together, and to implement that plan. Signing this Accord in ceremony was important because Atikameksheng believes that it is our ceremonies, our Language, and our culture that will unite our own Nation, and we know that Sagamok carries that same belief and conviction.

After the official ceremony around fire took place and the communities’ leadership emerged, they moved indoors of the Fort LaCloche facility to share another ceremony - a feast - and for the Gimaas to sign the Relationship Accord with their Dodem marks and Anishinaabe names.

Media Inquiries are directed to:

          Gimaa Alan Ozawanimke           Gimaa Craig Nootchtai

          chief@sagamok.ca                      Gimaa@wlfn.ca

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PHOTO 1: CAPTION

Happy, Committed to a renewed Relationship

Sagamok Anishnawbek & Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Chiefs embrace after signing a relationship renewal agreement

June 10, 2021 at Fort LaCloche, Sagamok Anishnawbek

Gimaa Alan Ozawanimke of Sagamok Anishnawbek (L) and Gimaa Craig Nootchtai of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek (R)

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Post-Ceremony : Sagamok Anishnawbek - Atikameksheng Anishnawbek Relationship Accord, June 10, 2021

(Left Side) Councillor and former Gimaa Angus Toulouse, Councillor Lawrence Solomon, Councillor Michael Abitong, Yolande Nashkawa, Councillor and former Gimaa Harvey Trudeau

(Centre) Gimaa Alan Ozawanimke and Gimaa Craig Nootchtai

(Right Side) Councillor Jennifer Petahtegoose, Councillor Leslie Nebenionquit, Councillor and former GImaa Harvey Petahtegoose, Councillor Vance Nootchtai, Councillor and former Gimaa Art Petahtegoose 

 

 

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