“I have known Chief Beardy for many years,” said 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.”