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‘The voice of the people is what I carry,’ says Michipicoten Gimaa Kwe on the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement – Anishinabek News

by ahnationtalk on December 10, 201987 Views

SUDBURY – Michipicoten First Nation Gimaa Kwe Patricia Tangie believes Anishinabek First Nations must work together if they are to remain strong and independent communities.

“We see that with other cultures all over Canada,” she says. “But we as First Nations, we still have a lot of the residential school and government policies and laws that held us back. It’s difficult for us to go back to the way our ancestors intended us to be. And that was strong, independent people who could survive on their own and survive in a group. We have a lot to learn to get back to that place in time.”

Gimaa Kwe Tangie believes the laws set out in the proposed Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement could work towards creating strong First Nation governments “if we have a strong plan”.

“The citizenship, language and culture, elections and First Nations government management, these are critical pieces that we as First Nations need to re-learn. It’s really sad when we see a lot of our people are not fluent in the language anymore. We don’t often understand what the culture is. And, it’s hard to be a good government when you don’t know those basic things.”

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