MAWIW Council was originally formed as a Chief’s Lobby Group in 1989 to advocate for a more equitable share of resources among First Nations in the province and region.  It was incorporated in 1992 in an effort to attract INAC (Indian and Northern Affairs Canada) District Council funding for the 3 largest First Nation communities in New Brunswick.

By the mid-1990’s, MAWIW Council had split from political representation through UNBI (Union of New Brunswick Indians) and adopted a “grassroots” model for governance with the cooperation of a “grassroots” model of governance with the cooperation of the affiliated Chief & Councils.