BFN Governance
Effective April 1, 2015

Community Notice
(Rankin, Goulais Bay, Obadjiwan & Whitefish Island)

Our First Nation has seen a profound increase in the number of Dog
Attacks/Encounters and it is time to take proactive measures to stop this
 dangerous situation. Owners of Dogs will be held responsible for not
maintaining control over their pets and MAY BE CHARGED.  Dogs found

If you have experienced an encounter such as this, please call the
Batchewana First Nation Police at:  1-888-310-1122     Or    705-759-5066

At a duly convened meeting of the Batchewana First Nation Chief &
Council on March 11, 2015 the following Motion was passed:

That Batchewana First Nation Chief and Council hereby Motion to give
notice to the BFN community Members to have their dogs leashed and not
 allow their dogs to run at-large. Effective April 1, 2015 all animals running at-
large will be brought to the Humane Society at the owner’s expense;
Furthermore, this Motion is to incorporate the Dog Owner’s Liability Act on a
temporary basis and shall not be construed so as to abrogate or derogate from
 any of Batchewana First Nation’s Aboriginal or treaty Rights or Assertions; and
Further, that Administration provide a communication strategy to inform the community.

Thank you
Chief & Council
Batchewana First Nation

Information sessions will be held for membership, updates will be posted in
the newsletter and on the website.


Notice to Membership  -   Matrimonial Real Property
March 4, 2015

Band Members are hereby given notice on the following.

1.    On December 16, 2014 the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial
 Interests or Rights Act came into law and contained two major provisions.
•    First, the Act applies to matrimonial real property disputes, protections, rights
 of people living on reserve.
•    Second, First Nations can develop and enact their own MRP law at any time
or follow the Act’s Provisional Federal Rules.
2.    The Council of our Batchewana First Nation has made the decision that we
 will develop our own law on Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) through the involvement
 of band members and our own law-making process.  Law-making activities include
learning about MRP, questions & discussion, giving concerns, examples, reviewing
draft laws and the exercise of informed voting on a proposed law.

3    An MRP Committee has been established to oversee our law-making.  The Committe
e includes Council representatives, staff from particular departments and  six (6) band members.

4.    Band Members are invited to submit their names to serve on our MRP Committee. 
These include: 2 elders, 2 youth and 2 from families.

5.    Band Members are invited to attend our BFN preliminary workshops which will
provide information on the Family Homes on Reserves and Matrimonial Interests or Rights Act. 

What is matrimonial real property?  It can include the following: land held by one or both spouses
or common-law partners and used by the family; such as, houses, sheds, mobile homes or other
structures on that land. It does not include cars, money, clothing or televisions. Our own law-making
will promote the best interests, protection, and well-being of all members and residents, regarding
 the use, division and distribution of matrimonial real property.

Get involved in our law-making activities. Learn about matrimonial real property.

Please submit all comments or questions to Alexandra Syrette,
BFN Communications Coordinator via email:


Batchewana First Nation community members, citizens, and supporters your presence is requested at the BFN Gargantua trial taking place on March 24, 2015 at the Sault Ste. Marie Courthouse (426 Queen St. E. Sault Ste. Marie, ON).

This trial is the Ontario Governments attempt to revoke our First Nations rights to access our lands and exercise our inherent & traditional rights over those lands.

Your presence will provide a visual display of support towards the First Nation as a whole, as well as each and every Anishinaabes individual inherent rights. Your presence will also help to ensure witnesses to the inadequacies of Canadas justice system towards First Nations.

Traditional elements would be greatly appreciated!!

For more information please contact Alexandra Syrette, BFN Communications Coordinator at (705)759-0914 ext. 247 or Email at
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