TORONTO, June 27, 2012 /CNW/ - Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Patrick Madahbee congratulates newly-elected Ontario Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
"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 Nations.
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.
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