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Wikwemikong Governance Unit

Governance Unit 
Noella Pitawanakwat is the Governance Unit Manager for Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory since January 26, 2015. Currently, Wiikwemkoong is progressing towards the strengthening of our own Governance Structure and Governance Process with continuous improvements. This will lead to greater quality of life and increased well-being for all Wiikwemkoong Anishinaabek.
Wiikwemkoong Governance Committee 

The Wiikwemkoong Governance Committee was established to provide direction and  leadership to the Wiikwemkoong Governance Unit on behalf of the Wiikwemkoong Anishnaabek.  There are two Governance Portfolio Holders for the 2014 - 2016 Leadership Term:  Councillor Dominic Beaudry and Councillor Lorraine Fox. 

There are five Governance Committee Members: Jeannette Corbiere Lavell; Dorothy  Fox; Andrew A. Manitowabi; Marcella Shawana and Karen Shawanda.

The Governance Committee meets at  least once a month.  The meetings are scheduled every third (3rd) Tuesday of the month at 6:30 pm in the Band Office Council Chambers. The meetings are open to the Wiikwemkoong Anishnaabek.

Highlights of the Governance Unit 

The Wiikwemkoong G'chi Naaknigewin was Ratified on June 14, 2014. The Residency Bylaw has been through the  three Readings and the Commmunity Standards have been drafted and are currently being reviewed. The Matrimonial Real Property Law was approved by Chief and Council on December 15,  2014 under the G'chi Naaknigewin Law Making Process. The first draft of the Wiikwemkoong Anishnaabek   Tribunal Law is complete.  Currently seeking community input/feedback. The Wiikwemkoong Government Pillar Poster was  approved by Chief and Council on March 30, 2015 and will be reviewed annually. The Standardized Terms of Reference has been drafted by the Governance Unit and is currently being reviewed by each of the six (6) Pillar Committees. The Interment/Burial Policy has been drafted and we are currently seeking community input/feedback.


~ Implementation of  our G'chi Naaknigewin

~ Appeal Tribunal Law

~ Communications / Community Engagement Policy

~ Standardized Terms of Reference

~ Finalize the Community Standards

~ Mandates and Objectives for each Pillar

~ Band Custom Election Code

~ Alternative Dispute Resolution

~ Interment/Burial Policy

~ Citizenship Naaknigewin

~ Residency By Law

~ Financial Code

~ Administration Code

~ Capacity Development

 Wiikwemkoong G'chi Naaknigewin is Our Supreme Law.

Although we have traditional forms of governance, such as our Eagle Staff;  our Pipes; our Drums; our Songs; our Lodges;  our Ceremonies, etc... those cannot speak on our behalf in the Courts. Thus we developed our own constitution – Wiikwemkoong G'Chi Naaknigewin – which can speak on OUR processes. It enables us to make OUR own decisions  here. 

Wiikwemkoong Gchi-Naaknigewin PREAMBLE states the following: 

We are Wiikwemkoong Anishinaabek. Our home is Odawa Mnis and surrounding islands. Our lands are Unceded. We have retained these lands for our future generations so that they can continue to be  Anishinaabe.  We have not relinquished any of our rights to any of the lands in the Great Lakes Basin to any nation. We continue to govern the waters, airs, and lands including Islands, as our ancestors have since time immemorial. The Wiikwemkoong Gchi-Naaknigewin will ensure the protection of our Rights, both as  individuals and as a collective.




Wiikwemkoong Organizational Chart



Matrimony Real Property Law

Wiikwemkoong Community Standards

Wiikwemkoong Law Making

Governance Unit Brochure




Contact Us 

Wiikwemkoong Governance Unit

Noella Pitawanakwat

Governance Unit Manager

19-A Complex Drive, P.O. Box 112

Wikwemikong, ON

P0P 2J0


Tel: 705-859-3122, ext. 238

Toll Free: 1-800-880-1406

Fax: 705-859-3851


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