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Introduction | Organizational Structure | AANTC Objectives

AANTC Structure and Objectives:

In 1992, the Algonquin Anishinabe First Nations of Abitibiwinni, Eagle Village, Kitigan Zibi, Lac Simon and Long Point voluntarily decided to unite in the creation of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council (AANTC). As stated in the original constitution of the Tribal Council, the Chiefs of the five (5) founding communities "... have resolved to combine their efforts to accomplish common aims". In January of 1999, further to its request, the Algonquin Anishinabe community of Kitcisakik was admitted, by a Nation Council resolution, as the sixth participating member of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation Tribal Council. Wahgoshig First Nation was accepted during the General Assembly in Lac Simon on November 27-28, 2000 as a political member of the AANTC. The member communities of the AANTC represent 73% of the Algonquin People in the province of Quebec.

The fundamental priorities of the AANTC are the protection and advancement of the aboriginal rights issues and the provision of assistance and services to the participating communities in the professional and technical fields. The AANTC currently has eight (8) full time employees and calls upon part-time or contractual professional help when required to meet specific needs of member communities.

The Board of Directors of the AANTC, also known as the Nation Council, is composed of the Chief of each participating Algonquin member community, a Grand Chief and a Vice Grand Chief who are the official designated spokespersons, and an Elder, a Women and a Youth Representative. The AANTC is one of the very few Aboriginal organizations in Canada in which all Representatives are elected to public office by vote of the grass root people.

 

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AANTC Objectives:

PREAMBLE

WE, THE CHIEFS OF THE COMMUNITIES OF ABITIBIWINNI, EAGLE VILLAGE, KITCISAKIK, KITIGAN ZIBI, LAC SIMON, LONG POINT AND WAHGOSHIG OF THE ALGONQUIN ANISHINABEG NATION HAVING DECLARED:

THAT Our People are the original people of this land having been placed here by the Creator;

THAT the Creator gave us laws that govern all our relationships for us to live in harmony with nature and mankind;

THAT the laws of the Creator defined our rights and responsibilities;

THAT the Creator gave us spiritual beliefs, our language, our culture and a place on Mother Earth which provides us with all our needs;

THAT we have maintained our freedom, our language and our traditions from time immemorial;

THAT we continue to exercise the rights and fulfil the responsibilities and obligations given to us by the Creator for the territory upon which we were placed;

THAT the Creator has given us the right to govern ourselves and the right of self-determination;

THAT the rights and responsibilities given to us by the Creator cannot be altered or taken away by any other Nation;

THAT our Aboriginal Title, our Aboriginal Rights and International Treaty Rights exist and are recognized by International Law;

THAT the Constitution of Canada protects our Aboriginal Title, our Aboriginal Rights and our International Treaty Rights, both collective and individual;

THAT our Nation is part of the International community;

THAT we are united in order to reaffirm our faith in fundamental Human Rights, in the dignity and worth of the human person, and in the equal rights of men, women and children of our Nation;

THAT we want to establish conditions under which justice and respect for our rights will be ensured and maintained, and to promote social progress and better standards of life among our People;

AND FOR THESE ENDS:

In order that our diversity be respected;
In order to practice tolerance and work together as good neighbors;
In order to unite our strength to maintain our security, and;
In order for us to use regional, national and international mechanisms to promote the political, economic and social advancement of our People;

SO WE HAVE RESOLVED TO COMBINE OUR EFFORTS TO ACCOMPLISH COMMON AIMS AND VISION.

ACCORDINGLY, we agree to adopt these General By-Laws of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation, which will replace any previous By-Laws, Constitution, Regulations or Agreement "as such" of the Corporation, to be also identified hereinafter as the TRIBAL COUNCIL.

a) to work together for the recognition, protection and enforcement of our Aboriginal Title, international treaty rights and jurisdiction on our territory;
b) to maintain our security as a People entitled to self-determination;
c) to cooperate together by finding peaceful solutions to our economic, social and cultural problems;
d) to promote respect for Human Rights and fundamental liberties for all citizens of the Algonquin Anishinabeg Nation;
e) to foster relations with other Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal peoples or governments in Canada;
f) to encourage and promote respect for our environment and natural resources in order that they continue to be available for the survival of future generations;
g) to foster relations with other indigenous and non-indigenous peoples and governments abroad.

 

 

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