Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day Congratulates Newly Elected Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Glen Hare and Pays Tribute to Outgoing Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee

June 6, 2018 4:45 pm
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(Fort William First Nation, June 6, 2018) “Today, I was pleased to witness online the traditional election of a new Anishinabek Grand Council Chief, Glen Hare, who had served as Deputy Grand Chief for the past four terms,” said Regional Chief Isadore Day. “I want to congratulate Grand Council Chief Hare, who has now been through a remarkable 18 elections during a 33-year political career, which began as a councillor and then Chief of M’Chigeeng First Nation. This speaks highly of his leadership skills and dedication to serving all our Peoples at local and provincial levels.”

“I know that the Anishinabek Nation will continue to be strongly represented by Grand Council Chief Hare, who continues to be a champion of First Nation controlled child welfare systems. Bringing our children back to our communities, and back to their families, is the top priority of all leadership.”

“At the same time, I want to pay tribute to retiring Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee, who has been a mentor to me since before I became a Chief in my community. In fact, Pat encouraged me to become involved in First Nation politics. Since becoming Regional Chief, I have relied upon his breadth and depth of knowledge and wisdom on far too many occasions to count.”

“Patrick Madahbee will leave a lasting legacy not only as a tireless leader for the Anishinabek Nation, but for his many years of service as Chair of the Ontario Chiefs Committee on Health. He also spent many hours at the national level, participating at the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee on Health. In fact, he had been a driving force behind the national review of Non-Insured Health Benefits.”

“In closing, I look forward to working with Grand Council Chief Hare, as well as continuing to seek advice from Pat Madahbee, who I know will still remain active in his retirement. Both of these leaders have driven millions of kilometres to meetings on behalf of our Peoples. I believe both will be on the road for many more to come.”

Also elected for the first time were four new positions of Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief. Northern Superior Region – Chief Edward Wawia, Red Rock Indian Band; Southwest Region – Joe Miskokomon (acclaimed), Chippewas of the Thames First Nation; Southeast Region – Chief Jim Bob Marsden (acclaimed), Alderville First Nation; and Lake Huron Region – Chief Scott McLeod (interim), Nipissing First Nation.

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