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Indigenous Governance Documents

Below is a collection of links to administrative materials issued by Indigenous Councils in Southwestern Ontario (south of Hamilton).

Six Nations of the Grand River

"The Six Nations of the Grand River unifies all Haudenosaunee peoples under the Great Tree of Peace. We are currently the only First Nation community that includes all six Haudenosaunee nations. Located along the banks of the Grand River, the Six Nations of the Grand River is the most populous First Nation in Canada."

From Six Nations of the Grand River - About Us

Kettle and Stony Point First Nations

"The Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point First Nation is located in southern Ontario along the shores of Lake Huron, 35km from Sarnia, Ontario, near the Michigan border. The community has 1,000 members who live on the reserve and 900 who live off the reserve."

From Kettle and Stony Point First Nations

Oneida Nation of the Thames

"The Oneida Nation of the Thames is home to 2,179 residents and has a total membership of 6,393. Located in picturesque southwestern Ontario, the Oneida Nation Settlement borders lush and fertile agricultural lands and is nestled along the eastern shore of the Thames River 30 kilometers south of the City of London. The Oneida Nation of the Thames is close neighbour and friend to the Chippewas of the Thames and Munsee-Delaware Nation, respectively."

From Oneida Nation of the Thames

Mississauga of the Credit First Nation

"The Mississauga of the Credit were the original owners of the territory embraced in the following description, namely commencing at Long Point on Lake Erie thence eastward along the shore of the Lake to the Niagara River. Then down the River to Lake Ontario, then northward along the shore of the Lake to the River Rouge east of Toronto, then up that river to the dividing ridges to the head waters of the River Thames, then southward to Long Point, the place of the beginning."

"MCFN membership is now comprised of roughly 2,570 people. Nearly two-thirds of the members live off reserve. Amendments to the Indian Act in 1985 resulted in the Band’s population to increase by 25%. A majority of the reinstated members have stated a desire to relocate to the reserve."

From Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (La Premiere Nation des Mississaugas de Credit) Community Profile

Caldwell First Nation

"Point Pelee and Pelee Island are the heart of our ancestral territory. Caldwell First Nation will exercise its responsibility to use, possess, and protest the air, waters, lands and resources as it has from time immemorial. According to customs,. People continue to work in harmony with Mother Earth to preserve, protect, harvest, hunt and fish from the wealth of her resources. That respect continues today."

From Caldwell First Nation  - Who We Are


"We are the Lenape (Lunaapeew) People of the Delaware Nation at Moraviantown. Our community is found on the southern shores of the Thames River, near the small town of Thamesville, approximately 3 hours west of Toronto. There are approximately 550 residents who live in our community, however our total membership is well over 1,000."


Aamjiwnaang First Nation

"The Aamjiwnaang First Nation (formally known as Chippewas of Sarnia) is a First Nations community of about 2500 Chippewa (Ojibwe) Aboriginal peoples  (900 of which live on Reserve), located on the St. Clair River, 3 miles south of the southern tip of Lake Huron in the city limits of Sarnia southwestern Ontario, Canada – just across the United States border from Port Huron, Michigan.

Heritage language: Ojibwa.

The name Aamjiwnaang, (pronounced am-JIN-nun) means “at the spawning stream.”"

From Aamjiwnaang - About Us

Munsee Delaware Nation

"Munsee-Delaware also call themselves Lenni Lenape and are one of several subgroups of Delaware, the Unalachtigo, the Unami, and the Minisink; later known as the Munsee.  The Munsee-Delaware settled along the Thames River in the late 1700's at the close of the American Revolution.  Today they are creating employment for their youth by tapping into the emerging green energy industry within the region.  The Nation operates a tree farm, Munsee Tree Corporation, which provides carbon credits for the market place.  Other projects on the horizon include a mixed waste facility which will generate 15 MW of electricity, a solar farm, and associated training programs."

From Southern First Nations Secretariat

 Walpole Island First Nation, Bkejwanong Territory

Chippewas of the Thames First Nations

''We are located on the north bank of the Thames River approximately 20 km southwest of London, Ontario.  Chippewas of the Thames First Nation is an Ojibway community established in 1760 along the banks of the Thames River of which Chippewa is claiming title of the Thames waterbed.  The land base comprises 3,331 hectares of unceded land in Southwestern Ontario.'

From Chippewas of the Thames First Nations -  Our History

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