Ministry of Indian Affairs

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After Chief Jean-Maurice Matchewan stepped down in 1996, the Ministry of Indian Affairs withdrew recognition of traditional leadership and imposed a band council.
According to the Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, "Within 75 years, individuals who lack entitlement to Indian registration are expected to account for one in every three people eligible for First Nations membership.
Since 2003, the community has benefited from a $63,000 funding grant from the federal Ministry of Indian Affairs, to explore the viability of the site.
Peters also noted that the Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development, which funds social services on reserve, is a main player in this current situation but wasn't at the meeting.
A contribution of $27,000 from the Ministry of Indian Affairs and Northern Development will help northeastern Ontario Wahnapitae First Nation gain optimum advantage out of mining opportunities.
Once installed in office, these elected people drew their authority from the Indian Act and from the Ministry of Indian Affairs rather than from the ancient Iroquois constitution known as the Great Law.

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