Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee says that he is proud of the Anishinabek Nation citizens who voted and said yes to move the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement with Canada forward. Madahbee says he can’t help but think about the students, and the people who made this happen. He says what they’ve done is historical. The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement is the largest self-government agreement in Canada.
The vote was held between November 28th and December 2nd. It saw 29 communities running a vote. Official results will not be made available as to how many communities successfully ratified the agreement or the names of the communities that were successful until mid-December. 12 communities were needed to ratify to move the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement forward. The recognition by Canada of the Anishinabek First Nations’ jurisdiction over primary, elementary and secondary education, and the funding to operate the Anishinabek Education System, a stand-alone, parallel, education system, makes up the proposed education self-government agreement with Canada.