Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh says Federal Government Decision to Appeal Human Rights Ruling is Unacceptable: “Our children and our families have suffered enough”

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 is calling out Prime Minister’s decision to appeal a ruling that would compensate First Nations children and their families who were separated by a broken and discriminatory on-reserve child welfare system. “The federal government’s actions are unacceptable. Our Anishinaabe children and families have been […]

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Francis Kavanaugh re-elected to serve third term as Ogichidaa Grand Council Treaty #3 Grand Chief

Kenora, ON — Francis Kavanaugh was re-elected for a four-year term in a traditional selection process today in Wauzhushk Onigum Nation defeating Kathy Kishiqueb of Onigaming First Nation who was the only other candidate. The traditional selection process is guided by the Anishinaabe cultural protocols and this selection was the first year that each First […]

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Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh meets with municipal leaders to address current issues facing region

Kenora, ON — Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 met with municipal leaders from across Treaty #3 territory today in Naotkamegwanning First Nation to renew relationships and collaboratively address challenges with the mounting substance abuse and homelessness issues within the region. “This is the inaugural meeting so it’s historic and my hope is […]

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Kenora Shelter closure is a Social Emergency Requiring Partnership and Collective Leadership

Kenora –— Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief of Treaty #3 is calling for a meeting to bring together First Nations leaders and Kenora Municipal leadership to renew relationships and collectively address present challenges. “There is a need to share ideas, break down misconceptions and collectively problem solve,” said Ogichidaa Kavanaugh.  “There is an urgent need […]

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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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