Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin


The Anishinabek Nation is dedicated to traditional governance and has restored ceremony within political and administrative decision-making processes. Ceremony brings spirit and unity to the governance process. The Anishinabek Nation recognizes each First Nation’s right to governance, including the ratification by each individual community through development of their own community constitutions.

The Anishinabek Nation has been undertaking a concerted effort to advance the mandates provided by the Anishinabek Chiefs-in-Assembly. While core governance and education have been the primary focus of negotiations, the Anishinabek Nation is also advancing mandates in the areas of health, social, lands, and government relations.


The Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin is founded on Ngo Dwe Waangizid Anishinaabe and forms the Traditional Government of the Anishinabek Nation.

The Anishinaabe Chi-Naaknigewin is proclaimed by the Peoples identifying as the Anishinabek Nation, who in exercising our Sovereign, Inherent, and Treaty Rights, now establish and empower the Anishinabek Nation Government as our Traditional Government.

The Anishinabek Nation Government is guided by the principles and way of life of the seven sacred gifts given to Anishinaabe, namely: Love, Truth, Respect, Wisdom, Humility, Honesty and Bravery.

The Anishinabek Nation has the inherent right bestowed upon it by the Creator to enact any laws necessary in order to protect and preserve Anishinaabe culture, languages, customs, traditions and practices for the betterment of the Anishinabek.

The Grand Council enacts Rules of Procedure to govern the Grand Council and the Anishinabek Nation Government administers the rules.