The Second Vote

In December 2016, our First Nation citizens voted overwhelmingly “yes” to the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement.  We had 14 communities who met the 25% + 1 threshold required under Canada’s ratification policies.  There were some communities who had an overwhelming “yes” vote, but just didn’t have enough votes cast.  Despite this, the Government of Canada does not accept our First Nation vote results.

Canada’s position is that because we did not meet the 25% + 1 threshold required under Canada’s ratification policies, your community did not ratify the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement.

It is important for your First Nation to confirm your “yes” vote.  We are asking you to vote in a second ratification vote to show to Canada that your First Nation members truly support better education for our students both on- and off-reserve.

There is no threshold for this vote.  We will count all of the ballots that are cast and we need more “yes” votes than “no” votes.  The vote will be carried by a simple majority of the ballots cast.

Education is important to us now and for future generations.  Let’s show the Government of Canada that we are certain that we want to move forward with the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement.  We want to control education and provide the programs and services that our students require to achieve their educational goals.

Voting will take place for one day only in the community (please ask your Band Office for further information for voting date and location or visit THIS PAGE for the latest ). If you wish to vote by mail-in ballot, please contact your band office to receive your mail in-ballot.

Signing Ceremony of the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement (ANEA) and Master Education Agreement (MEA)

This historic event will take place at Casino Rama in Chippewas of Rama First Nation on August 16, 2017. The ceremony will include those Participating First Nations who successfully ratified the ANEA.

Unfortunately, we cannot accommodate everyone due to the venue capacity restrictions.  The limit for each Participating First Nation is three (3) guests:  The Chief, a youth, and a chaperone.

A live webcast will be available the day of the Signing Ceremony. Further information on how to access the live webcast will become available closer to the event date. Stay tuned!

For additional information surrounding the Signing Ceremony, please contact Barb Naveau, Administrative Coordinator: 705-497-9127 ext. 2255 or barb.naveau@anishinabek.ca