The Anishinabek Nation Chiefs have proclaimed a national holiday.
Grand Chief Reg Niganobe says the chiefs have proclaimed June 6 the Anishinabek Nation holiday, Anishinabek Giizhigad, in honour of the historic proclamation of the Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin, their new constitution.
Niganobe says on June 6th, 2012, the constitution was ratified by the Anishinabek Nation Elders asserting sovereign Inherent and Treaty Rights and responsibilities guided by the Seven Grandfather Teachings.
He adds the document was then confirmed by a Pipe Ceremony in Sheguiandah First Nation with a commitment to establish a traditional government to develop laws and policies for the protection and betterment of Anishinabek.
Niganobe says all 39 member First Nations are encouraged to celebrate the new holiday in their own way.
PHOTO: Keith Knott, former Chief of Curve Lake First Nation, and former Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Nmishomis Gordon Waindubence (Shiikenh) at the 2019 Fall Grand Council Assembly near Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. – Photo by Laura Barrios and used with permission.