History of IFN:

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Independent First Nations in Ontario are comprised of three groups of original peoples; the Anishinawbek, the Onkwehonwe and the Inninuwug. Each of these peoples is a Nation. Each has their own sacred stories, unique history, distinct language, culture and ways of living. Each of the Independent First Nations communities asserts inherent right and sovereignty as indigenous peoples. A historical relationship between these Nations of peoples exist, as signified in a wampum belt depicting peace and friendship between these Nations. A protocol agreement was established between the Independent First Nations in 1995, which described their relationship of respect and understanding and set out principals for working collectively on issues of fundamental concern. Currently there are 12 IFN communities throughout Ontario representing a population of approximately 30,000 members whom are working together on collective priorities to foster the well-being and strength of their communities