Community Information

Bill C-61 receives Royal Assent

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE, Nipissing First Nation (December 15, 2017)—On behalf of the Anishinabek Nation, Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee would like to extend congratulations to the 23 Participating First Nations and the Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) on the Royal Assent of Bill C-61, the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement Act.Royal Assent Parliament GCC Photo by Laura Barrios

Photo by Laura Barrios

“I am elated that Deputy Grand Council Chief Glen Hare, KEB Board members, and technical support staff successfully steered this historic bill through the final stage of Canada’s Legislative process,” said Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee. “For so long, having our own education system was a dream, but today, we take a step forward on our journey to building a better education and realizing a better future for our Anishinabek youth.”

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Attention WFN Members

Governance Policy Member Notice

This document may be cited as the Wahnapitae First Nation Governance Procedures Policy. The policy describes and formalizes the regulations respecting Council procedures and protocol for effective and efficient governance.

WFN members to view the new Goverance Policy, login to the member section of the website.

If you are not a registered member for the WFN website please email:

Amendments to Wahnapitae First Nation Election Code 2017

There has being changes to the WFN Election code please login to the members section to review the changes.

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Grand Chief congratulates Kelly Crawford, Education Director for the Anishinabek Education System

ANISHINABEK NATION HEAD OFFICE (Nipissing FN) Oct. 30, 2017 – Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee congratulates the newly hired Education Director for the Anishinabek Education System.

Kelly Crawford, citizen of M’Chigeeng First Nation, will begin her new role at the end of November. Crawford had positions as the Education Team Lead overseeing Grades K to 12 At Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute in M’Chigeeng and she is a faculty liaison with Queen’s University.

“Kelly Crawford is an excellent choice to lead our exciting education initiative towards fulfilling our dream of education for our Anishinabek children under Anishinabek authority,” says Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee.

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Natural Resources Industries Working Group

TO: Wahnapitae First Nation members and Community Members
FROM: Chief and Council
DATE: Sept 26, 2017
RE: Natural Resources Industries Working Group

Wahnapitae First Nation Chief and Council are inviting a youth and an elder that may be interested in joining the newly established Natural Resources Industry Working Group (formerly Mining Industry Working Group). We are looking for 1 youth representative (18 or older) and 1 elder to sit on this committee.

The purpose of the committee is to help build relationships with various industry partners in natural resource developments (mining, aggregates, forestry, etc ... ) to negotiate benefits for the community.

Regular monthly meetings will be held in the evening at the Centre of Excellence (259 Taighwenini Trail) and participants will receive an honorarium for each meeting.

If you are interested, please submit a letter of interest to the Executive Director, George Ransom, at the Centre of Excellence, or email it to

In the letter, please state which role (youth or elder) you could fill and a brief description of what interests you about participating, what you can bring to the committee, and/or what you would like to learn from the experience.

Please submit your letter of interest by October 9, 2017.

Miigwetch / Thank you,

George Ransom,
WFN Executive Director

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The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body At A Glance

AESThe Kinoomaadziwin Education Body (KEB) is a not-for-profit corporation that the Anishinabek First Nations approved by Grand Council Resolution in 2010. The KEB has a 12-member Board of Directors that is made-up of representatives from the four (4) Anishinabek Regional Education Councils.

The KEB takes direction from the First Nations on the steps required to set up the Anishinabek Education System. The KEB will support First Nations in their delivery of education programs and services and liaise with the Province of Ontario on education matters when the Anishinabek Education System is operational.

When the Anishinabek Education System is operational, the KEB will receive education funding from Canada on behalf of the First Nations and distribute 100% of the program and services funding to the First Nations. The KEB will develop a budget for First Nation approval on how the funding that Canada provides to run the Anishinabek Education System will be spent.

The First Nations will work together through the KEB to identify and address the First Nation educational priorities and educational goals.

CLICK HERE to read the full notice of the The Kinoomaadziwin Education Body Next Steps document.