TORONTO, ON (August 13, 2015) --- Ontario Regional Chief Isadore is looking forward to working with newly-elected Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler and the three NAN Deputy Grand Chiefs elected today in Aroland First Nation.
“Congratulations to Grand Chief Fiddler and the new Executive at NAN,” said Ontario Regional Chief Day. “As part of the Political Confederacy, I know Grand Chief Fiddler will represent NAN territory with spirit and dedication and I look forward to working with him and his executive council on building upon the strength, unity and success of Nishnawbe Aski Nation.”
Alvin Fiddler was elected with 30 votes on first ballot over incumbent Harvey Yesno with 12 votes and Les Louttit with two during the NAN annual chief’s assembly held in Aroland First Nation today. NAN Deputy Grand Chiefs elected are: Derek Fox (Bearskin Lake), Terry Waboose (Eabametoong) and Anna Betty Achneepineskum (Marten Falls).
Grand Chief Fiddler served as his community’s Deputy Chief from 1993 to 1998 and served as NAN’s Health Director from 1998 until he was first elected Deputy Grand Chief of NAN in 2003, a position he served until 2009.
Grand Chief Fiddler joined the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in 2010 as Manager of Regional Liaisons and Ontario Regional Liaisons and has been an outspoken proponent of the Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Woman campaign. He also played a pivotal role in the advocacy that led to both the Iacobucci Review and the inquest into the deaths of seven NAN youth who died while attending high school in Thunder Bay.