ANISHINABE AKI – The Anishinabe Nation wrapped up a two-day forum held on unceded traditional Anishinabe territory on February 14 and 15, in Val-d’Or, Quebec.Representatives from 10 of 11 Algonquin Anishinabe communities including Pikwakanagan, were in attendance for this historical gathering, as the Algonquin Nation leadership unanimously agreed to work together on important issues impacting the Nation and communities.Guided by Anishinabe Elders in traditional and cultural protocols, daily discussions were preceded by a sacred fire, sunrise ceremonies, sacred pipe ceremonies and prayer.Elders shared that the Anishinabe Nation is stronger together in unity, as one Nation speaking with one voice.Rich discussions and exchanges where held in a spirit of nationhood and unity on subjects relating to sovereignty, governance, land and title, citizenship, culture and language, and economic development.Respect and understanding guided these important discussions.“The work that we will accomplish in the short and long term will have a positive impact on our future generations,” said Verna Polson, Grand Chief of the Algonquin Anishinabe Nation Tribal Council. “We agree that the colonial borders that separate us have no legitimacy in our Algonquin Nation way of life. We want to move away from the colonial system that was imposed on us under the Indian Act. We are one Nation on our territory and we are asserting that in a strong united front.”Representatives in attendance have agreed to work on a strategic plan leading the way to action plans in various fields of common interests and determine short, medium and long-term objectives and priorities. Future meetings and forums will also take place on a regular basis.