Nipissing First Nation to Host 44th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference (AOCC) from June 26-28; This Year’s Theme is Securing a Future For Our Children: Advancing Our Nations

May 10, 2018 4:03 pm
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(Nipissing First Nation, May 10, 2018) Yesterday, Regional Chief Isadore Day met Nipissing First Nation Chief Scott McLeod for an update on the community’s fisheries management program, as well as a tour of the location of this year’s All Ontario Chiefs Conference (AOCC) to be held June 26-28, 2018. Nipissing, located outside the City of North Bay, was chosen after submitting a proposal to this year’s regional host, Anishinabek Nation.

“Not only is this year’s AOCC an election for Regional Chief, but it will be held partly outdoors, which will enhance our traditional selection process,” said Regional Chief Day in reference to the new partially enclosed hockey arena, which will be the main venue during the three-day conference.

“We are very proud of the opportunity to showcase this new $750,000 facility which was funded through our land claim settlement,” said Chief Scott McLeod. “Our youth told us they wanted a place for kids of all ages to gather and play sports. This is our commitment to them, and our overall commitment to invest land claim funds for the betterment of our community.

“We are also very excited about highlighting the beautiful lands and waters that makes this a very special place on the shores of Lake Nipissing,” added Chief McLeod. “We have one of the largest First Nation communities in Ontario with a population of over 2,000. Our culture, traditions, and hospitality will be on full display for the AOCC delegates and observers.”

Regional Chief Day noted that Nipissing First Nation perfectly reflects the theme of this year’s AOCC – Securing a Future For Our Children: Advancing Our Nations. “Nipissing is a signatory of the 1850 Robinson Huron Treaty which shared the lands and resources with the newcomers and enabled the creation of the Province of Ontario 17 years later in 1867. Today, Nipissing continues to assert its Nationhood through its own Constitution, which was adopted in 2014, in order to replace the Indian Act.

“We will continue to assert our Nationhood, and exercise our own jurisdictions, in order to build a better future for our children,” added Regional Chief Day. “We look forward to continuing this critical conversation with Chief McLeod and his community at the 44th Annual AOCC next month.”

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day

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