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First Nations Recognition of the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community

Most people are aware of the Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community’s deep and rich history. But did you know that it has also been recognized and celebrated by many past and present First Nations leaders?

For example, following the Métis Nation’s victory in Powley victory, the Anishinabek Nation shared words of congratulations at the Métis Nation of Ontario’s first post-Powley Annual General Assembly.

This was followed, in 2004, with the signing of a mutual recognition and protocol agreement between the Chiefs of Ontario and MNO that committed to “respect, recognition and support for the respective rights, interests and aspirations of First Nations and the Métis Nation within Ontario”— which included the Historic Sault Ste. Marie Métis Community of the Upper Great Lakes region which had just been recognized in law by the Supreme Court of Canada.

The following year, the MNO and the Anishinabek Nation rekindled their historic relationship in ceremony, with the drum, pipes, tobacco, food, songs and gifts.

Learn more about the rich history of First Nations recognition in this short video.

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