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PROTECTING
OUR 
INHERENT RIGHTS

Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin (RHW) has been working to protect our Treaty territory and encroachment by the Metis Nation of Ontario

Anishinabek communities in the Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin nda dakiimnaan, are the original inhabitants of lands now known as Ontario.  Anishinabek having been lowered here by Creator are recognized to have inherent rights and jurisdiction.  Rights affirmed and recognized through treaty.  Not given by the Crown or its actors. RHW communities support the legitimate claims of Metis, recognize that there are mixed blooded people living within our territory. Our communities have a responsibility to protect our inherent rights, our inherent laws and lands.  Part of carrying out these responsibilities and obligations is to know who our relationship partners are. This is what our research is about.

Our Work to Protect Inherent Rights

Opposition to Bill C-53

To be added soon.

Judicial Review Intervention

To be added soon.

“IT’S OUR FIRM ASSESSMENT... THAT THE MNO HAS FAILED TO DEMONSTRATE THAT THERE EVER EXISTED DISTINCT ‘HISTORIC MÉTIS COMMUNITIES’ ANYWHERE IN ROBINSON HURON TREATY TERRITORY.”

REPORT: An Exploratory Study of Métis Nation of Ontario’s “Historic Métis Communities” in the Robinson Huron Treaty Territory

To review evidence provided by the Metis Nation of Ontario's (MNO) for the so-called "historic Metis communities" in Robinson Huron Territory, as well as the evidence for the original Sault Ste. Marie Metis community, validated by the 2003 Supreme Court of Canada Powley Decision.

REPORT: The Sault Ste. Marie “Métis” Community and “Halfbreed Petition”

This report was commissioned by Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin in August 2023 as part of the research they've been leading about the Metis Nation of Ontario's (MNO) political claims in Robinson-Huron territory.

Press Releases

Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin Chiefs Press Release

Robinson Huron Treaty Territory - On February 24, 2023, the Government of Canada and the Métis Nation of Ontario (“MNO”) signed the Métis Government Recognition and Self-Government Implementation Agreement

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New report suggests MNO research lacks scholarly rigour

This report examines the legitimacy of the Metis Nation of Ontario’s (MNO) political claims within RHW territory by taking a critical lens to key historical reports and academic literature available on the Sault Ste. Marie (SSM) Metis.

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Want to learn more?

If you or someone you know would like additional information, please contact:

Your First Nation's Lands Department or: Cheryl Recollet, Director of Research, Robinson Huron Waawiindamaagewin.