FORT WILLIAM FN – Former Chief and current Councillor Georjann Morriseau is resigning as a member of the Fort William First Nation Council.
In a written statement:
Good afternoon FWFN Membership, friends, family and acquaintances. As a result of various factors due to my family, health, employment and current circumstances of our First Nation; I have made the very difficult however necessary decision to formally resign as elected Councillor of FWFN as of Thursday April 28th, 2016.
It has been an honour and pleasure to serve our First Nation in various capacities over the years. All of which would not have been possible without the vision and support of our valued members. I have nothing but utmost respect and positive reflections towards our community. With this decision, comes a valuable teaching in that sometimes leadership is not controlling each situation, rather knowing when to step back and empower others.
I am truly grateful for all those, young and elderly, women and men who have walked by my side with guidance and advice which has led me to be more open minded, embracing of diversity, seeing challenges as opportunities and committed to a long term sustainable future.
Miigwetch to everyone both First Nation and non-First Nation for providing me the opportunity to give back and contribute towards positive change.
While I am saddened at the thought of departure, I am also comfortable with my decision and reflects a positive viewpoint. I have always maintained and truly believe that one does not need to be a Chief or Councillor to affect change and establish vision. We all have a role to play if our nation is going to see the next 100 years of hope and prosperity. As members we share this responsibility on behalf of our children yet to come. There is a great deal of potential for our community with all the right resources and people to make it a reality.
I will remain and active member of my First Nation as well as an active member of the community at large and continue to contribute towards positive outcomes that will have equal benefit for each and every one of us.
Miigwetch to my grandmother Elizabeth Pelletier who has steered me in the right direction from birth, to my aunt Stephanie Burns and my father John Vincent Cornell who have stood by my side unconditionally. To our women drummers, and elders for providing balance. Lastly but most definitely not least, heartfelt gratitude to my husband John Graham and our three small children for being supportive and understanding in even the most challenging of times.
A community that grows together, works together. I wish our current elected leadership and administration best wishes and strength as they continue forward. It has been a pleasure to learn from you and serve by your side.
A community that grows together, works together.