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Magnetawan First Nation


Magnetawan Anishinabek Adopt their Constitution and Advance the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement


It is with great pride that I provide the quote from Grand Council Chief Madahbee

“Niigaan gdizhaami – We are moving forward,”

The recognition by Canada of the Anishinabek First Nations’ jurisdiction over primary, elementary and secondary education, and the funding to operate the Anishinabek Education System (AES), a stand-alone, parallel, education system, makes up the proposed education self-government agreement with Canada

Magnetawan Anishinabek Chief and Council are proud of all the Anishinabek Nation citizens who voted and said yes to move forward with the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement with Canada. The Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement will be the largest self-government agreement in Canada.

We are especially proud of the Magnetawan Citizens for continuing to move forward by taking the second step toward self governance and overwhelming voting YES to the AES.

This reinforces the direction that the MFN Council is taking in moving forward with our born right to self govern and exercise jurisdiction over our Nation and our citizens.

We, the Magnetawan Anishinabek citizens took the first step toward self government when we adopted our Land Code and are moving forward with the development of our own land laws.

What we are doing is making history and a better future for our Nation.

Chi Miigwetch to the UOI leadership, staff, KEB Board, the education committee and all who participated for the good and hard work that has been done to bring us to this historic point in time and for the work that is to come to implement and move forward the Education Agreement.

The vote was held November 28 – December 2, and saw 29 participating communities. 12 communities are needed to move the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement forward.

The official results will not be made available as to how many communities successfully ratified the agreement or the names of the communities that were successful until mid-December.

Chief William Diabo

Anishinabek Newsletter

November 2016


Regional Phase 3 - Education Ratification Vote Information Session


Wednesday September 7, 2016 - GOOD NEWS DAY!

#1 Magnetawan is OFFICIALLY getting a Tim Horton's in their new Gas Station scheduled to be opened by year end! Job Fair will be held before the end of September. More Information to Follow.

#2 After years of trying to get Hydro updated to Phase 3 Power, it has officially been turned on today!

#3 Annual AGM & Audit Presentation
The audit presented to the members of the community reflects that Magnetawan is in the best financial position it has ever been in!


Final Draft of the Magnetawan First Nation Gichi-Nakknigewin (Constitution)

MFN Chief and Council are requesting comments, concerns, questions and any feedback that citizens may have. Comments can be mailed, hand delivered, faxed or emailed to Magnetawan First Nation Administration Office as soon as possible.

Mailing Address: 10 Hwy 529 Britt, Ontario P0G 1A0

Phone: (705) 383-2477

Fax: (705) 383-2566

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Notice of Vote

Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement & The First Nation Constitution

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Magnetawan River Bridge Options

We are looking for the membership vote on which design you prefer best.

Please send your vote to Attn: Shawn Hanna - This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

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Hydro Sale - July 2016

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Looking For Band Member Addresses

We are currently looking for updated Address Information from some Band Members. The information collected will be used to send out information packages and voter packages for the Education Ratification Vote. If you would like to be a part of this vote and are not sure if we have your current address please contact the Band Office at 705-383-2477 and ask for the Carol Stevens; Ratification Officer or Kim Charles Deputy Officer, to update your address information. We have about 50 members addresses that we are looking for.



Chief Response to Elder Abuse Allegations

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2nd_Annual Pig_Roast




First Nations Cancer Surveillance Project: Early Results

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Remarks from Prime Minister Trudeau to the AFN Assembly


Today, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau spoke before the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly this morning – the first time a Prime Minister has done so since Pierre Trudeau, over 30 years ago.

Prime Minister Trudeau said his government would immediately move on the five promises the Liberals made during the recent election campaign:

  1. Launch a national public inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women.
  2. Make significant investments in First Nations education.
  3. Lift the two per cent cap on funding for First Nations programs.
  4. Implement all federally related recommendations flowing from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
  5. Repeal all legislation unilaterally imposed on indigenous people by the previous government.

To read the summary statement, please click on the link below:


Election Protest Information

Election Protest Notice
Election Affidavit Chief Diabo
Election Protest Response


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Magnetawan First Nation Leadership

Chief:                William Diabo
Councillor 1:       Lloyd Myke
Councillor 2:       Lana Noganosh


On-Reserve Population: 100 Residents (2015)
253 Registered Members

Land Base: 4714.7 hectares.


Mother Tongue: First Nation Ojibway
Language commonly spoken English


Assembly of First Nations
The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.

Chiefs of Ontario
The Chiefs of Ontario is a coordinating body of 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario. The main objective of the Chiefs of Ontario office is to facilitate the discussion, planning, implementation and evaluation of all local, regional and national matters affecting th First Nations people of Ontario.


Union of Ontario Indians
The Union of Ontario Indians is a political advocate of 42 member First Nations across Ontario. The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.


Robinson-Huron Region Chiefs

Provincial Electoral Ridings
Parry Sound/Muskoka

Historical Notes

The Magnetawan First Nation  is within the boundaries of the territory described by the Robinson-Huron Treaty of 1850, as signed by Chief Pamiquonaishkung. The First Nation was first surveyed in 1853 and confirmed by Order-in-Council in January of 1853. In 1907, an additional tract of land in the Township of Wallbridge was added to the reserve to compensate for an error made in the 1853 survey.


The First Nation Administration Office accounts for half of the labour force (administration), and the remainder is concentrated in construction and non-government service industries.

Educational Facilities

None on First Nation
Elementary – Britt Elementary School
Secondary – Parry Sound High School

Communities Services and Facilities

Magnetawan First Nation Store & Gas Bar
Van Transportation to Parry Sound
School Busing to Parry Sound and Britt


Telephone – Bell Canada
Television – Satellite Service
911 Services - OPP
Radio – Parry Sound/Sudbury
Newspapers – Magnetawan First Nation Store & Gas Bar; Toronto/Parry Sound Papers


Water – First Nation Water and Waste Treatment Plant
Other Waste – Waste Disposal Site
Energy/Electricity – Ontario Hydro

Fire Protection

Britt and Area Fire Department