About NAN



About NAN

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (known as Grand Council Treaty No. 9 until 1983) was established in 1973.  It represents the legitimate, socioeconomic, and political aspirations of its First Nation members of Northern Ontario to all levels of government in order to allow local self-determination while establishing spiritual, cultural, social, and economic independence.  In 1977, Grand Council Treaty No. 9 made a public declaration of the rights and principles of Nishnawbe Aski.
NAN’s objectives are:

  • Implementing advocacy and policy directives from NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly
  • Advocating to improve the quality of life for the people in areas of education, lands and resources, health, governance, and justice
  • Improving the awareness and sustainability of traditions, culture, and language of the people through unity and nationhood
  • Developing and implementing policies which reflect the aspirations and betterment of the people
  • Developing strong partnerships with other organizations


NAN’s role in Food Security

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is working with its First Nation communities to restore locally produced food that is integral to resilient ecosystems and development of sustainable economies. In a time of peak oil and climate change, compounded by the epidemic of diet-related illnesses, such as diabetes, the restoration of our traditional foods is essential for survival.