The former first-ever female grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Roseanne Archibald, has been elected as the first-ever female regional chief for Ontario. She replaces Isadore Day from Serpent River First Nation, who has been serving since 2015.
On top of being the former grand chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Archibald was the grand chief for the Mushkegowuk Council, and is the current chief of Taykwa Tagamou Nation.
Her new role will deal with the federal and provincial governments on certain issues relevant to First Nations within Ontario.
Archibald joins two other women at the executive table at the Assembly of First Nations – Marlene Poitras, the Regional Chief of Alberta, and Kluane Adamek, the regional chief in the Yukon.
Kenora resident Gary Allen, the executive director of Grand Council Treaty #3 and former Chief of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Fort Frances, also ran for regional chief. Allen has been with Grand Council Treaty 3 since 2015, and he ran for four terms as chief of Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut) First Nation, starting in 2004.
The 44th annual Regional Chief elections were held yesterday in Nippissing First Nation. The Chiefs of Ontario represent 133 First Nations across the province.