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Caldwell First Nations

The Caldwell First Nation (also known as Chippewas of Pelee) is a First Nations band government whose land base is located in Leamington, Ontario, Canada. They are an Anishinaabe group, part of the Three Fires Confederacy comprising the three bands: the Potawatomi, Odawa, and Ojibwa whose members are originally of the Mikinaak (Turtle) and the Makwa (Bear) dodems. The Caldwell First Nation are a distinct and federally recognized Indian band and used to be referred to by such names as: the "Chippewas of Pelee", "Point Pelee Indians" and "Caldwell's band of Indians."

The Chippewa (also called Ojibwa in Canada) are an Anishinaabe-speaking indigenous nation with people within the borders of present-day Canada and the United States. The Anishinaabe are the largest Native American/First Nation peoples north of Mexico, with nearly 78,000 people among various groups in Canada from western Quebec to British Columbia.

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People from all over Canada and from across the border were in Leamington Friday to take part in the Caldwell First Nation’s first ever powwow, celebrating the repatriation of their land.

“This means the world to us, this is the epitome of what we are trying to do, this is our land, this is our home,” said Janne Peters, Caldwell First Nation councillor. “Our ancestors are in this area so having this today and tomorrow, will give our ancestors a little bit of closure.”

It was long-awaited day, vendors and visitors came as far as New York and Alberta to participate in the historic day of celebration.

“I have seen license plates from as far as Arizona,” said councillor Lonnie Dodge. Its important for all our people to be back on our own land.”

In 2010, a 200-year-old-claim was finally negotiated, as the federal government approved a $105-million land claim settlement with the Caldwell First Nation.

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POWWOW 2016 1 of 2
ONE ON ONE Is a news Magazine Produced by CFTV-DT television in Leamington Ontario. the program takes a look at interesting people and the diverse culture that is Canada. Episode 3 features The Caldwell First Nation and their first Pow Wow in almost 300 years.

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