Classroom Activity #2 : “Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin” – What is it?
The Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin, also referred to the Anishinaabe Constitution, is the law of the Anishinaabe people and is founded on Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe, which means “One Anishinaabe Family”. This preamble explains the context of why this law was written. The Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigwewin is the Traditional Government of the Anishinabek Nation.
A. The Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe
The late former Anishinabek Nation Head Getzit Gordon M’Shiikenh Waindubence-baa sat with the Elders Council at the Ojibway Cultural Foundation to create Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe, the Preamble, which provides the context and the spirit and intent in which the written Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin (Anishinabek Nation Constitution) is understood. Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe was adopted by the Anishinabek Grand Council in June 2011.