The organization representing 40 First Nations across Ontario - many here in the north - wants to change how communities are governed.
That means moving away from part of the federal Indian Act so individual First Nations can set and run their own elections, among other measures.
Community members will vote next month on the proposed agreement.
Anishinabek Nation leaders gathered in Sault Ste. Marie this week to discuss the plan and the path ahead.
Martin Bayer is the chief negotiator for the Anishinabek Nation Governance Agreement. He spoke with Up North host Waubgeshig Rice.