NIPISSING FIRST NATION — Today and tomorrow are important days for the future of our First Nation. It is the start of the official vote for the Nbisiing Gichi-Naaknigewin, our Constitution.
The Gichi-Naaknigewin will be the supreme law of the land for Nipissing First Nation. It will give our leadership the law-making authority to create our owns laws without the interference of the great white father, the Government of Canada. At the same time, our new Constitution will ensure accountability in how our First Nations develops it’s laws and exercising it’s authority. The Gichi-Naaknigewin has been in the works since 2005. Many of our First Nation members have worked very hard to bring this well thought out legal document to this point.
Band members are encouraged to get out and vote, and by all means, support this important step towards self-governance and self-determination.
Thursday, December 5, 2013 from 10 a.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the NFN Community Centre in Garden Village.
Friday, December 6, 2013 from 9 a.m. until 8 p.m. at the Nbisiing Secondary School in Duchesnay.
You can also vote by mail-in-ballot. But you will have to mail it in right away or drop it off before December 11!! You can also vote online. I’ll write a blog post about that a little later. Please refer to your voting packages that have been mailed out to you.
The official voting day is January 10, 2014.
- You can read the Nbisiing Chi-Naaknigewin by downloading the Constitution here.
- Do you have any questions? Check out the Frequently Asked Questions here.