Toronto, ON — Grand Chief Stan Beardy of Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) was elected as Ontario Regional Chief through a traditional stand up election ceremony at the 38th All Ontario Chiefs Conference.
The newly elected Regional Chief promised to work closely with all Chiefs on the priority issues affecting First Nations in Ontario.
“Our Peoples and our communities continue to face significant challenges and we need to ensure that our future generations emerge healthier and stronger,” said incoming Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
“In here we’re all friends. Whether north, south, east or west, there is no separation between us. We have common problems, challenges and concerns that we have to face, but we also have common opportunities that call for us to work together.”
All aspects of the election process was conducted according to traditional protocol. During yesterday’s nomination process, Chiefs gathered together in a circle and then offered tobacco to their chosen candidate. Three candidates were nominated: Joseph Gilbert, Angus Toulouse and Stan Beardy. During the election the Chiefs once again gathered in a circle and then stood behind their chosen candidate. After two rounds of voting, Stan Beardy was declared the new Ontario Regional Chief.
“I know that Stan Beardy will be bring his passion and commitment to tackling the issues that affect all our Peoples and that he will make an excellent Regional Chief in Ontario,” said outgoing Ontario Regional Chief Angus Toulouse.
The incoming Regional Chief promised a new form of engagement with First Nations in which all citizens would become as informed as possible about their inherent and Treaty rights and would be effectively mobilized to press the government to finally honour the spirit and intent of the Treaties. He also emphasized the need to stand behind First Nations youth so they could have the fullest opportunity to defend their communities and reach their full potential.
The Chiefs of Ontario is a coordinating body for 133 First Nation communities located within the boundaries of the Province of Ontario.
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