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Chippewas of Nawash pass resolution banning unsanctioned ceremonies – Yahoo News Canada

March 22, 2024

NEYASHIINGIIMIING – On Jan. 29, the Chippewas of Nawash Band Council passed a Band Council Resolution (BCR) that gives them the exclusive right to ban or approve a ceremony and to decide what is or isn’t considered a ceremony.

A concerned Neyaashiinigmiing community member provided Midwestern Newspapers with a copy of a letter addressed to them from Chippewas of Nawash Chief and council, which says, “Council passed resolution #979 recognizing that the First Nation has inherent right to decide what ‘ceremony’ can take place on its territory. Council contemplated a referendum, knowing well that the diverse spiritual views in the community could give rise to debates surrounding what constitutes a ceremony within their tradition.

“We would like to emphasize that the fact that a particular ceremony is accepted in another First Nations community does not necessarily mean it is accepted or part of the traditional ways of our First Nation. Nor does Canadian law define what is or is not ceremony in our community.

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