Alvin Fiddler re-elected NAN Grand Chief
Tim Brody - Editor
Alvin Fiddler of Muskrat Dam First Nation has been re-elected to serve another three-year term as Grand Chief by 49 chiefs and proxies from the First Nations making up Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).
“I am honoured to be re-elected as Grand Chief and I thank our Chiefs for giving me another strong mandate. I would also like to thank my wife Tesa and our two daughters, Allison and Lynette, for their continued love and support,” Fiddler said. “I look forward to working with my colleagues on the Executive Council and the Chiefs to advance our mandates to improve the lives of the people of Nishnawbe Aski.”
Fiddler was first elected Grand Chief in 2015. Prior to that, he had served three terms as Deputy Grand Chief.
Jason Smallboy of Moose Cree First Nation and Derek Fox of Bearskin Lake First Nation were re-elected as Deputy Grand Chiefs.
Joining them as a Deputy Grand Chief is Walter Naveau of Mattagami First Nation.
A news release issued by NAN informs, “Priorities for the newly-elected Executive Council are to work with the NAN First Nations to develop a NAN-wide housing strategy, create an economic base for communities, and dismantle colonial legislation like the Indian Act while continuing to transform health, education and child welfare services.
“The Grand Chief is also committed to ensuring that the new Ontario government honours existing agreements, including resource revenue sharing, with NAN First Nations.”
The NAN election took place during the XXXVII Keewaywin Conference in Chapleau Cree First Nation last week.