Derek Fox – Pikangikum has Hope for the Future

Derek Fox
NAN Deputy Grand Chief Derek Fox

THUNDER BAY – Derek Fox is seeking a leadership role with Nishnawbe-Aski Nation as Deputy Grand Chief. On the campaign trail, Fox was just in Pikangikum First Nation.

Pikangikum First Nation recently had an incident with the police following an arrest.

Fox felt it was important to go to the community and find out first hand about the issues.

In this free-wheeling interview, Derek expresses that what is needed is action and advocacy on the issues of addiction, infrastructure, and economic development.

Derek Fox
Derek Fox

What Fox sees as especially hopeful is that people in Pikangikum have a lot of skill in their language. That is something that the youthful Lawyer feels is important as a means of making the people in the communities take a great deal of pride in.

On the recent incident in Pikangikum, Fox says that the community and leadership have a great deal of confidence with the police, and that the incident while it made headlines is not a true reflection of the community.

Pikangikum is building a new school, there is hope, and there is enthusiasm for the future.

What is needed Fox states is the tools to help communities to develop to their full potential.

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