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The Chippewas of Rama First Nation

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Welcome to the Chippewas of Rama First Nation website

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation in Rama, ON have been known as a caring, sharing people.  Our Chippewa territory has been called ‘the gathering place’ where travellers rested before continuing on their journey, where great meetings were held and important agreements signed.  From the earliest of times, our people have been entrepreneurs, artisans, craftsmen, hunters and fishermen.  We later operated as guides throughout the area for tourists, marketed crafts and produce.

We invite you to learn more about our community, whose pride in Ojibwe traditions and restoring traditional ecological knowledge are at the forefront of community visioning.  This stands alongside progressive programs, economic development initiatives and member services.

Gchi miigwech for visiting the Chippewas of Rama First Nation website.

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation are now on Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen Ontario, as of June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m.

Ontario and The Chippewas of Rama First Nation moved to Step 1 of the Roadmap to Reopen on June 11, 2021 at 12:01 a.m. based on the provincewide vaccination rate and continuing improvements in key public health and health system indicators. Please follow the guidelines, which can be found here.

Public health and workplace safety measures in Step 1 are set out in a regulation under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to covid 19) Act, 2020.

The Rama First Nation administration will remain open.  The Government Offices are open from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m.  All other buildings remain closed.  Many of our staff are working from home in order to reduce numbers and risk in the workplace.  Please contact the individual or department before coming to the office to make an appointment or find out about protocols in place.

Limit your close contact to those people within your own household, mask and maintain 2-metre physical distance from everyone else.  A 3-layer mask is recommended for added protection at this time.  We have to think of new and different ways to connect with each other in order to protect our community.  Please refer to information from the Simcoe Muskoka District Health Unit.

Be safe and well.  Miigwech

NEW Chief Island page: Please check under 'Culture and Events'

A quick snippet from the Chief Island page:

Rama First Nation members lived on Chief Island for a short time during the transition to Rama township in the late 1830’s.
The Island is a sacred place for our people with a number of unmarked graves on the island as well as headstones. These graves include those of warriors who died in a great battle on and around the island between the Ojibwe and the Mohawks after the Huron-Wendat were decimated by war and disease. Many warriors died on the island.
The last burial on the island was in 2002 when remains were uncovered during a construction project at the Horseshoe Valley Resort. Upon closer inspection, due to the manner in which they were buried, the remains were determined to be Ojibwe. Ceremonies were held on the island and they were buried. All warriors and ancestors buried on Chief Island are honoured and acknowledged during our Ceremonies on Remembrance Day and at our annual Powwow.

Exciting new Leasing Opportunities with the Chippewas of Rama First Nation

A quick snippet from the Economic Development page:

We are Ojibwe peoples, part of the Three Fires Confederacy along with the Odawa and Pottawatomi Nations. Rama radiates with the spirit that has made us a thriving community. For centuries, our people have been leaders, entrepreneurs, artisans and harvesters. The Seven Grandfather teachings passed down from the Creator are at the centre of community culture. These traditions form the backbone of a community that draws strength
and inspiration from the past while preparing for its future. Rama’s commitment to community and gaming management expertise remain focal points for
the future. With long standing local and regional relationships flourishing, the Chippewas of Rama First Nation is poised to take the next step in solidifying itself as a business leader.

Community Consultation & Reseach Ethics with the Chippewas of Rama First Nation

Community Consultation

A quick snippet from the Community Consultation page:

The Chippewas of Rama First Nation’s mandate is to engage with government and private sector proponents on land and resource matters that could affect our Treaty and inherent rights. The Chippewas of Rama First Nation are not opposed to development. However, as stewards to the land, we want to ensure that any projects in our territories are carried out in a responsible way. Our ultimate goal is to protect the lands, resources and water, to ensure a healthy environment for this and future generations.

Acknowledging that you are a guest on our territory shows us that you respect our traditional rights and our responsibility for this land. It acknowledges that you understand that this land was taken from us and that the treaties we have signed must be honoured. It shows that you are part of the solution for building Nation to Nation relationships. It conveys that you are aware that First Nations have been here in the past, that we are here now and that we will continue to be here in the future.

Click the flyer below to learn more about our Community Consultation.

Research Ethics

A new division of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. A snippet from the Research Ethics page:

The Research Ethics will function impartially to provide a fair review to those involved and provide reasoned and appropriately documented opinions and decisions. Members of the Research Ethics Board will have the relevant knowledge and expertise to understand the content area and methodology of the proposed or ongoing research, and to assess the risks and potential benefits that may be associated with the research.

The Board will be made up of:

  • REB (Research Ethics Board) Chair
  • Individual knowledgeable in ethics
  • Individual knowledgeable in law to alert REBs to legal issues
  • Representation of the Elders Council
  • Representation of Chief and Council
  • Community members to provide accountability to the community and perspective on the role of the community and participants
  • Ad hoc knowledge keepers that can provide insight and expertise on relevant First Nation principles relevant to the research area
  • Ad hoc advisors based upon the research area should the REB be reviewing a project that requires particular community or participant representation or specific disciplinary or methodological expertise not available from its members
  • Substitute members will also be available to ensure the REB can continue to function when regular members are unable to attend due to illness or other unforeseen eventualities
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