Nishnawbe Aski Nation

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35 Years of NAN Declaration

Nishnawbe Aski Nation represents 49 First Nation communities within Northern Ontario. On July 6, 1977, Grand Council Treaty No.9 made a public declaration of the rights and principles of Nishnawbe Aski. This year marks 35 years since the founding leaders composed the Declaration, which was presented by the leaders of Grand Council Treaty Nine and other northern chiefs to Ontario Premier William Davis, the federal government and the Canadian Public at large. This was a turning point for communities in the north and a powerful statement that echoed throughout the country and set the foundation for the future of Nishnawbe Aski.