Grand Council Treaty #3 Grand Chief Kavanaugh says the Real Work begins on Implementing the Calls for Justice now that the MMIWG Inquiry Report is complete

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 says now that the Final Report of the MMIWG National Inquiry is complete, the real work begins to start implementing the recommendations to help end a cycle of violence that has claimed untold thousands of Indigenous women. After three years, hundreds of […]

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Nibi (Water) Declaration Unanimously Supported at the Anishinaabe Treaty #3 Chiefs National Assembly

Couchiching First Nation – Grand Council Treaty #3 Women’s Council received support by the Anishinaabe Nation of Treaty #3 for their continued work on NiBi, the sacred Nibi Declaration and toolkit. The development of a water declaration would ensure that Treaty #3 Anishinaabe Nibi Inaakonigewin (water law principles) are recorded and formally recognized in governance […]

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Grand Council Treaty #3 Grand Chief supports Friendship Agreement between First Nations and Fort Frances

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 says he supports the recent friendship agreement signed between the Town of Fort Frances and Couchiching, Mitaanjigamiing, Naicatchewenin and Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nations, also known as Agency One communities. “The First Nations involved have been embroiled in this situation and tied up in […]

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Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh announces the start of the 2019 Grand Council #3 Spring Assembly

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 announced today the start of the National Spring Assembly of the Grand Council Treaty #3 Chiefs. The three-day assembly titled ‘Pimiinitizowan’ will bring together 28 First Nations Chiefs, leaders, Elders, youth and citizens to Couchiching First Nation, the host of this year’s […]

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Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh Addresses the Senate Standing Committee Calling the Proposed Indigenous Child Welfare Act ‘Completely Unacceptable’ Limiting Treaty #3’s Laws, Institutions and Practices

“We take this matter very seriously.” Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 called Bill C-92’s Indigenous child welfare act completely unacceptable adding the proposed legislation is paramount to political interference and continues the historical oppression of Indigenous Peoples. Addressing the Senate Standing Committee today in Ottawa, Ogichidaa Francis […]

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Statement from Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 and Chief Rudy Turtle, Grassy Narrows First Nation

Statement from Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 and Chief Rudy Turtle, Grassy Narrows First Nation regarding Prime Minister’s disrespectful comment and subsequent apology: “I am very dismayed and disheartened that Prime Minister Trudeau made these deriding and disrespectful comments yesterday considering the reconciliation platform he ran on. We take the […]

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Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh Call on Ontario to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty #3 calls on Ontario to support the adoption of Bill #76 which will align provincial laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. “I would like to extend my appreciation to Sol Mamakwa, Member of Provincial Parliament, Kiiwetinoong and […]

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Closure of the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth – is not Government for the People

Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh expressed shock and deep concern of the closure of the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth announced by the Provincial government in their Fall Economic Statement released on Thursday. The repeal of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth Act, 2007 without warning, without public consultation is deeply troubling […]

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Grand Council Treaty #3 stands up for Indigenous youth in health curriculum litigation

Wednesday, October 10, 2018 – Today Grand Council Treaty #3 instructed lawyers to file a motion with the Ontario Superior Court of Justice (Divisional Court) seeking intervenor status in the litigation concerning the Ontario government’s rollback of the province’s Health and Physical Education curriculum – more conventionally known as ‘sex-ed’. “Last week at our Fall […]

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