TORONTO, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief
Patrick Madahbee congratulates newly-elected Ontario Regional Chief
"I have known Chief Beardy for many years," says Madahbee. "He is a
strong advocate for the Nishnawbe Aski Nation and I've worked alongside
him at the Chiefs-in-Ontario Political Confederacy. I am looking
forward to joining him in advancing the important issues facing First
Nations in Ontario." As spokesman for 134 First Nations in Ontario,
Beardy becomes the Ontario Regional Chief of the Assembly of First
Madahbee said that Beardy's four terms as Grand Chief of NAN's 49
Northern Ontario First Nations means he is familiar with many issues
that are priorities for Anishinabek Nation communities, including
economic development opportunities and resource benefit-sharing.
"I also want to extend my appreciation to Angus Toulouse from Sagamok
Anishnawbek for his efforts in representing Chiefs in Ontario for the
past seven years, and congratulate Joseph Gilbert from Walpole Island
for his candidacy."
The Anishinabek Nation established the Union of Ontario Indians as its
secretariat in 1949. The UOI is a political advocate for 39 member
communities across Ontario, representing approximately 55,000 people.
The Union of Ontario Indians is the oldest political organization in
Ontario and can trace its roots back to the Confederacy of Three Fires,
which existed long before European contact.
SOURCE Anishinabek Nation
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