Chippewas of Nawash pass resolution banning unsanctioned ceremonies

 By Cory Bilyea  Local Journalism Initiative Reporter NEYASHIINGIIMIING- On Jan. 29, the Chippewas of Nawash Band Council passed a Band Council Resolution (BCR) that gives them the exclusive right to ban or approve a ceremony and to decide what is or isn’t considered a ceremony. A concerned Neyaashiinigmiing community member provided Midwestern Newspapers with a copy of a letter addressed to them from Chippewas of Nawash Chief and council, which says, “Council passed resolution #979 recognizing that the First Nation has inherent right to decide what `ceremony’ can take place on its territory. Council contemplated a referendum, knowing well that the diverse spiritual views in the community could give rise to debates surrounding what constitutes a ceremony within their tradition. “We would like to emphasize that the fact that a…

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