Historical Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) elections: Roseanne Archibald could become the first woman Grand Chief of NAN

    THUNDER BAY, ON, Aug. 5 /CNW/ - Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Chiefs could
make history on August 12, 2009. Four candidate are vying for the position if
Grand Chief including the only female candidate RoseAnne Archibald. If
successfully elected, Archibald will become the first woman Grand Chief of
Nishnawbe Aski Nation. Archibald is a twenty-year veteran in First Nations
politics, currently sits as a Deputy Grand Chief and is considered a serious
contender and frontrunner in the race.
    Although she is aware of her unique standing as a candidate, Archibald
acknowledges that there is lot more to her Grand Chief candidacy than just the
fact that she is a woman, "I represent a generational change in our First
Nations' political system. We were the first generation who weren't forced to
attend residential schools. At the same time, we are highly educated and
experienced leaders ready take on the responsibility of leading our people
into a new era of prosperity based upon a positive vision for our future."
Archibald holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Master's Degree in Humanities
from Laurentian University and has served as a Chief, a NAN Deputy Grand Chief
and Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk Council.
    Archibald's priorities as Grand Chief will include: Nation building that
starts at the community level; economic and resource development; women and
youth issues; and, community elections for the Grand Chief position by 2012.
Currently, only Chiefs are allowed to vote for the position of Grand Chief.
Archibald sees empowering people to vote as key to community and nation
building. Archibald states, "a non-Native person is Timmins or Thunder Bay
gets to vote for their local, provincial and federal representative, and it's
long overdue for our people to participate fully by exercising their
democratic right to vote for who represents them regionally, ontario-wide and

    Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) is an Aboriginal political organization
representing 49 First Nation communities within James Bay Treaty 9 territory
and the Ontario portions of Treaty 5. NAN territory covers two-thirds of the
province of Ontario and has a population of 45,000 people who speak Cree,
Oji-Cree and Ojibway. For more information on the NAN election go to:

For further information:

For further information: please contact RoseAnne at: Phone: (807)
621-6487, Email: roseanne.archibald@gmail.com; You can also visit RoseAnne's
campaign website at:

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