Garden River First Nation

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VOTE MARCH 12, 2019 – APRIL 26, 2019

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On April 9th, 2018 Chief and Council approved the GRFN Strategic Plan which includes the Election LAW under Objective 3 that Chief and Council: Develop and implement policies that support self determination and allow Council to focus on political gain.

Garden River First Nation is continuing to proceed with a Referendum (Vote) of the Election Process. The process will be determined by a VOTE on the KETEGAUNSEEBEE LEADERSHIP SELECTION LAW. The vote will be held from March 12, 2019 - April 26th, 2019. It is our responsibility to leave a better Governance Structure for our future generations and give our citizens control over how we choose our leaders, eliminating one component of the Indian Act.

We are sovereign (possessing supreme or ultimate power) peoples as part of the Anishinabek Nation, we had our own governance structure and laws, we never gave up our lands, we never gave up jurisdiction of the lands or how we will govern ourselves. We have responsibilities to the lands, our families, our communities, our Nation and the Creator. Within our governance system, we have our own ways of choosing our leaders, we have our own education system, our own health system, our own language, we have alliances, and our own territories. We are the only peoples on this earth who still have title to our original homelands. These are lands we never gave up at the time of the treaty, these are not lands anyone gave to us.

Three (3) ways to vote:

Mail-in Ballot

Information packages containing the ballot and mail in instructions were mailed to eligible voters (band members 18 years of age and older as of April 26, 2019). If you did not receive a package, please contact the Garden River First Nation Membership Office at 1-705-946-6300 ext. 242 to verify your address.


When: April 26, 2019 9:00 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.
Where: Garden River First Nation Community Centre

**Valid photo ID required**

On-Line Voting

Please go to to cast your online vote;

Please enter your log-in information as follows:
  1. Second Secret – enter your date of birth;
  2. Password – enter your 10 digit registry number (the number beginning with “199” on your Certificate of Indian Status card). Once you submit your vote you will be given the option to print a receipt.

Click to View Documents:
  1. Leadership Selection Law Document
  2. Summary
  3. Timeline
  4. Instructions to Vote
  5. Indian Act – Elections of Chiefs and Band Councils (section 74)
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