Manitoba Grand Chief Derek Nepinak
WINNIPEG – Aboriginal News – “I congratulate the Southern Chiefs Organization on a successful and well-organized election today. I also congratulate Terrence Nelson in his successful campaign and I look forward to seeing his approach at developing urban reserves and economic development. I look forward to working with Grand Chief Nelson under the terms of the Unity Accord signed between our organizations in 2011 and hope that we can immediately begin working on much of the outstanding matters that require our immediate attention; such as the termination of the Band Constable Program and the ongoing challenges we have facing the quality and implementation of our collaborative system of care for our children in need, stated Grand Chief Derek Nepinak of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.
The Southern Chiefs Organization held their Grand Chief election yesterday at South Beach Casino Complex on the Brokenhead Ojibway First Nation. The 33 Chiefs in attendance elected in Terrence Nelson of Roseau River First Nation. Nelson won in the 4th ballot in a tight race against former Chief of Keeseekoowenin Ojibway First Nation, Norman Bone, 16-14. Grand Chief Nelson will begin his 3 year term in the leadership role with the Chiefs organization.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs advocates on issues that affect First Nations in Manitoba. AMC works with 61 First Nation member communities within the Treaty territories of Treaty No.1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and Treaty No.10 with issues ranging from the Environment to Housing and Treaty Advocacy and Education. The political organization is assisting First Nations in Manitoba by promoting and strengthening a stronger and unified voice, while respecting each other’s Inherent Sovereignty.