Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief disturbed by violent incident in Manitoulin Island

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare is deeply disturbed after learning of the violent incident that occurred at a Manitoulin Secondary School that stemmed from racism.
“I am in disbelief that our First Nation students are still the target for racism and violence while attending school in this day and age. This is unacceptable,” says Grand Council Chief Hare. “

We have lived and continue to live with the legacy of the residential school era. It is truly shameful and disheartening that the education system in Canada and in Ontario continues to be dysfunctional when they ought to be the leaders for respectful understanding and change for benefit of all students, families and communities.

It appears as though there are still some fundamental flaws and issues in this era of reconciliation when our youth are the target of racism in a place where they should feel safe.”

A violent altercation between a large group of Indigenous and non-Indigenous students occurred at the Manitoulin Secondary School (which is overseen by the Rainbow District School Board) resulting in five charges being laid solely on First Nation students by the Ontario Provincial Police.
Grand Council Chief Hare continues to believe that education is key in combatting racism.
“I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again:education is crucial to counter ignorance. Racism stems from ignorance—from the unknown. We need to educate our First Nation and non-Indigenous youth alike so they grow up to be educated and respectful adults that break the cycle where prejudice and racism is perpetuated. If we teach them from a young age, they will instill values in their families and the next seven generations will be aligned with our Seven Grandfather Teachings.”

M’Chigeeng First Nation will be holding a rally to address the issue of racism in a positive and constructive manner at the M’Chigeeng First Nation Administration Office on September 20,2018, and will commence at 9:30a.m.Grand Council Chief Glen Hare will be in attendance.“I stand in support of Ogimaa Kwe Linda Debassige, her Council and the community as a show of our intolerance of racism in every form—especially that directed at our children,”expresses Grand Council Chief Hare.

“The Anishinabek Nation demands that all school boards, in particular the Rainbow District School Board, take immediate measures to commit to make their schools the safest place in every way for all children. Our world today demands no less.”

The Anishinabek Nation is the political advocate for 40 member communities across Ontario, representing approximately 60,000 people. The Anishinabek Nation is the oldest political organization in Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires, which existed long before European contact.


  1. Nancy, I just read this article online. I encourage you to give it a read. It should give you an idea of the struggles that Indigenous children face in 2018. This is NOT equality. There are First Nations that haven’t had clean drinking water in years. That’s NOT equality. The F.N mentioned in this article is forced to evacuate their homes EVERY year due to flooding. That’s NOT equality. There is a F.N. up north who’s only access to everyday products is by rail. Those tracks were flooded and seriously damaged over a year ago. That train brought them oil for their heaters to survive the long winter. If I remember correctly, the gov’t assisted them by shipping or flying in products. In the winter it’s more difficult (if not impossible) for planes/ships to bring them supplies. That’s NOT equality. These reserves were not chosen to live on by Indigenous People. The gov’t forced them to live where ever they put them. They weren’t even allowed to leave their reserves without permission. They weren’t given the right to vote because they lived on reserve. Please take a minute to read the article. I hope it gives you some perspective. I didn’t send this with any ill will.

  2. Nancy, I encourage you to read this article. It will give you some idea of the struggles Indigenous children go through in 2018. This is NOT equality. There are First Nations that don’t even clean water to drink and it’s been that way for years. That’s NOT equality. The Kaschewan (sp?) FN, has to be evacuated yearly due to flooding. What other city in Ontario do you know of that are forced to do that every year. That’s NOT equality. Please take a minute to read this. I only hope this may give you some perspective.

  3. You may not be racist but you are ignorant to the history of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. Do you have any knowledge of our past? IF no, you should do some research. It won’t hurt to educate yourself. If all you know about us is that we get schooling, then you don’t have any understanding at all.

  4. The only thing to say to this is equality for all, some have some dont have, some have and get more for free some dont, the ones that dont get mad at those that do, you figure it out! No i am not racist, but dont believe that one should get more than others ie free university and college tuition etc. This is where you cause tension.the kids get this from parents who feel this way. There was no colleges or universities in the1700s so why paid for now, and others have to pay

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