Changes in the Wind in Ojibway Nation of Saugeen

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At a Traditional Gathering of the Citizens of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, held on June 20 and 21, 2019, the people chose new leadership according to their custom and Convention of 1997. The people selected Ron Machimity as their Chief, and Desiree Jacko, Joyce Medicine, Betty Necan, and Darlene Necan as their Headmen using the process set out in their Convention along with their customary practices.

This selection brings to an end the leadership of former Chief Edward Machimity and Headmen Eileen Keesic and John Sapay.

The  Citizens of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen determined that their new leadership will serve a term of one (1) year in office, and that their conduct will be reviewed at a traditional gathering to be held on June 20-21, 2020, where longer-term leadership will be selected.

Chief Ron Machimity says, “Our goal is to help our people and to repair our Convention.  Change has been a long time coming, but it is here now.”

Chief Ron Machimity and his Headmen are holding a traditional feast and social gathering to bring the community together, begin the process of healing, and to formally acknowledge the new leadership chosen by the people.  This gathering will be held on Saturday July 6, 2019, from 10 am to 6 pm EST in the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen at the Community Centre.

This gathering is open to all members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen, the general public as well as the media. For more information visit

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