Debendaagziwaad Naaknigewin

Nipissing First Nation is in the process of developing a Debendaagziwaad Naaknigewin (Citizenship Law) that defines the rights and obligations of Nipissing debendaagiwaad (in accordance with the Gchi-Naakniigewin “refers to the people of Nipissing First Nation. Those people who are recognized as “those who belong” to the Nipissing First Nation”) and endaawaad (in accordance with the Gchi-Naakniigewin “means those Endaawaad who live on the Nipissing First Nation but are not Debendaagziwaad”) within the jurisdiction of Nipissing First Nation.

We are pleased that the following members have offered to work on the development of this law.  In order to assist them in their work for our Nation, they are interested in receiving your input.  Please feel free to make contact with them at the following email addresses to ask questions about the development of this law, to provide them with your thoughts about this law, or to offer suggestions for the committee to consider:

Arnold May
Elaine Commanda
Kile George
Margaret McLeod
Noreen Nichol
Susan Robson
Virginia Goulais
Corey Goulais (Council – Chairperson)
Michael Sawyer (Council – Chairperson)

Two community forums have been scheduled:

Wednesday, April 8th from 6pm – 8pm in Garden Village – New Wing Lobby
Thursday, April 9th from 6pm – 8pm in Duchesnay – New Community Hall

Please note: additional forums will be coordinated and will be advertised at a later date.

If you have any questions regarding this process or require any additional information, please feel free to contact Dwayne Nashkawa, Chief Executive Officer at or by phone at 705-753-2050 ext 1222.

Miigwech! We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you at our community forums.