Welcome from Chief Joanne Rogers

Boozhoo, Aanii, Greetings,

Chief Joanne Rogers

Chief Joanne Rogers

“Our Past – Our Present – Our Future”

Chippewas of Sarnia was our former name, however, currently we are now known as “Aamjiwnaang First Nation”.   Aamjiwnaang is commonly known as “the place at the spawning stream – where the water flows spiritually like a braid”.  Our unique community has grown to approximately 2,300 members.  We are situated along the shores of the St. Clair River, within the boundaries of the City of Sarnia, Ontario.

Our Leaders and Community have worked together to build a strong community which include our Aamjiwnaang First nation  Administration Complex, Public Works Department, E’Mino Bmaad-Zijib Gamig Health Centre, the Maawn Doosh Gumig  Youth and Community Centre, Chippewa Industrial Developments Ltd. Park & Branch Office, Seniors Complex and Aamjiwnaang Binoojiinyag Kino Maagewgamgoons Day Care and JK/SK Preschool.  We welcome you to learn about our growing community, our heritage, our past, our present and our future.

Chii Mii Gwetch

Joanne G. Rogers


Aamjiwnaang First Nation

Update from Chief Rogers.

News Centre

National Inquiry on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls which states that registration for family members and survivors to participate in the National Inquiry’s Truth Gathering Process-Community Hearings and Statement Gathering closes on April 20, 2018.  See full News Release.

Aamjiwnaang Trailblazers Feted in Ceremony – See full story in Sarnia This Week.

Call for Submissions for Art by Canadian Indigenous Artists – Submissions must be received no later than April 30th, 2018.  For more information see correspondence from INAC on the Indigenous Art Acquisition Program.

Masters Indigenous Games – July 12 – 15, 2018.  Visit their website for more information.

Anishinabek Nation News Release – January 31, 2018 – Anishinabek Nation and Ontario Sign Letter of Commitment.  See copy of 01-31-18 Letter of Committment MoECC.

Aamjiwnaag Member Geraldine Robertson to receive Order of Ontario.  See story in The Observer.

A letter from with respect to the Motherisk Commission from The Honourable Judith C. Beaman, Commissioner.

A Special Gathering & Ceremony for Indian Residential School Survivors and the Law Society of Upper Canada.  See flyer and read Press Release

Anishinaek Nations releases Official Education Vote Results – August 30, 2017

Canada 150 Legacy Public Art Program – Call for Entry – See Application Details.

Anishinabek Nation and Canada celebrate the signing of historic Education Self-Government Agreement -see full article here

Returning a Quarry to Nature – Read the Returning a quarry to nature article in the Sarnia Observer dated August 11, 2017.

Chief Joanne Rogers will be a speaker at the Alvinston Arts & Music Fest on Saturday, August 19th.  See flyer for more details.

Check out some of our youth that participated in the Indspire Awards.

Federal Legislation on Accessibility – Please participate in the survey to identify factors that impact Indigenous individuals and families living with disabilities within First Nation communities.  See memo from Sara Gill, Federal Accessibility Coordinator, B.C. Aboriginal Network on Disability Society.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation to receive access to quicker healthcare services.  See full story in Anishinabek News.

Southern First Nations Secretariat- See the downloadable PDF for full information

Day Scholar Update – See Community Update from Jo-Anne Gottfriedson BGS/CED, Day Scholar Coordinator

Indigenous Artwork into Ontario’s Legislative Chamber – See correspondence to Chief Rogers dated June 29, 2017.

Call Out For Sacred Fires and Prayers – See memo from Chiefs of Ontario dated July 9, 2017.

National Chief Perry Bellegarde Says Clear Communications with Family Members is Essential in Ensuring the Success of the National Inquiry into Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls – see Press Release dated May 23, 2017

Additional protection for reptiles underway in Aamjiwnang – See full story in the Anishinabek News.

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day Statement: Eliminating Sexist Elements in the Indian Act is Not the Answer; Dismantling the Indian Act is the Solution – See copy of full Statement dated May 12, 2017

Letter from the Lambton Kent District School Board RE:  Update on Grade 11 English:  Contemporary Aboriginal Voices Courses – See copy of full Letter to Chiefs and Council dated May 17, 2017.

The winner of the $100 gift card for the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change survey is Natalie Nahmabin.  Congratulations!  Thank you to those who have been so generous with your time and attention to this survey and those who helped with the focus groups and thank you to the Environment Department for donating this gift card.  Annette and Carine from MOECC.

On April 11, 2017 Aamjiwnaang Chief and Band Council sign Chi’Naaknigewin (Community’s First Constitution) – see story in The Observer.

April 6, 2017 – Aamjiwnaang Elder Nominated for Order of Ontario – see full story in The Journal.

Aamjiwnaang Greenhouse Grew 15,000 Plants last year – See full story in The Observer.

Chief Rogers has been invited to be on the Cogeco #Talklocal Program January 18th at 6 pm. It is a live TV show on Cogeco TV channel 6 or HD Cable 700.  The interview will be replayed.  It is in the second half of their weekly current events show, #TalkLocal.  The program will be rebroadcast on CogecoTV (channel 6 or HD channel 700) on Thursday, January 19 at 8 pm, Friday, January 20 at 5 pm and Sunday, January 22 at noon.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the City of Sarnia sign new water and sewer service agreement.  See story in The Observer.

First Nation Chief included in warden’s election ceremony for first time.  See full story in The Observer.

The ratification threshold for the Anishinabek Nation Education Agreement was met! – See Unofficial Results of the Ratification Vote.

Christopher Plain has resigned from Council.  See attached Letter from Chief Joanne Rogers and the Notice of Vacant Seat to give Council your opinion on whether or not to fill the vacant seats.

The Aamjiwnaang First Nation held an appreciation event on Nov. 10 to thank Shell Canada for its support of the Maajiigin Gumig native plant nursery and greenhouse.  See story in The Sarnia Journal.

2016 Remembrance Day Ceremony – Watch the video.

Ontario Proclaims First Week of November Treaties Recognition Week – See copy of News Release.  View a copy of the Ontario First Nations Treaties Map.

The Southern First Nations Secretariat has completed their Annual Review 2015 – 2016.

Read the attached Day Scholars Letter that was sent to the Chief.

Aamjiwnaang Chi’Naaknigewin (Community Constitution has been ratified.  Visit our Constitution page for more details.

Grand Bend Wind Farm Tour and Grand Opening – Thursday, October 6, 2016 – click here for more details and pictures

Media Release from Chief and Council.  See related Media Release Men Maring Machetes Involved with Marihuana Growing Operation from Sarnia Police.

Community Information Meeting – 2015/16 Audit Presentation – Sunday, September 25, 2016.  See attached Audit Presentation flyer for more details.

Council Supports Standing Rock Sioux Tribe – see attached letter of support.

Chippewa of Thames First Nation Flag Raised at London City Hall – see full Media Release

Aamjiwnaang’s Second Annual Envirofest a Success –  see story in Anishinabek News.

*New* – Read about this new 2016 Pilot Project – Before and After School Care

New Chief Elected – Read story in Anishinabek News and  The Observer.  Click here for full election results.

Aamjiwnaang First Nation home to free, three-day sports camp. – Click to read the full story.

Wheelchair Accessible Van – Visit the page to find out how to book it .

Air Station Monitoring Reports – View the reports and data.