CHIEF & COUNCIL
2021-2025 TERM

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LOUIS KWISSIWA

Chief

Portfolio: Energy, East West Tie (EWT)/BLP, Young People, Economic Development, Governance

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THURSTON KWISSIWA

Deputy Chief

Portfolio: Deputy Chief, Governance, Communications & Outreach, Housing, Education, EWT/BLP

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JOHANNA DESMOULIN

Councilor

This council term 2021-2025 allows me to reconnect to the people through my new position as the CCP Implementation Coordinator & the healing and wellness strategies plan champion.  I am very humbled to be appointed to hold the social portfolio as Councillor.

Portfolio: Social & Family Services, Lands and Resources, Culture and Language, Human Resources

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JEFF DESMOULIN

Councilor

Portfolio: Economic Development, Land Claim/Litigation Files, Ontario Works, Policing

Notes: Liaison with White Lake LP

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MYLES KWISSIWA

Councilor

Bio coming soon.

Portfolio: Sports and Recreation, Policing, Health

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VERN McWATCH

Councilor

Bio coming soon.

Portfolio(s): Social and Family Services, Culture and Language

Appointed: Board of Directors with Dilico Ojibway Child & Family Services

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JUDIE MARIE DESMOULIN

Councilor

Bio coming soon.

Portfolio(s): Emergency Services & Planning, Education, Health

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BASIL SABOURIN

Councilor

Bio coming soon.

Portfolio(s): Sports and Recreation, Public Works, Lands and Resources, Housing, Finance

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MICHELLE WARD

Councilor

Michelle currently resides in Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg with her partner John and son Ryder, she and her family relocated from Thunder Bay to our community after completing her academic goals. Michelle successfully acquired a diploma in Native Child and Family Services from Confederation College and an Honors Bachelor of Social Work degree from Lakehead University. She has extensive experience in social and mental services and has previously worked as the community Family Wellbeing Coordinator since 2019 and now holds the title of Mental Health Program Coordinator in the community. Michelle’s compassion and drive to improve the overall wellbeing of her community has been displayed through her determination to achieve academic success and through her commitment to bringing her knowledge and skills back to her community. Michelle is the daughter of Marilyn Ward and Raymond Tookenay and is the granddaughter of Marvina and James Ward and has a largely rooted family history in Netmizaaggamig having grown up in this beautiful community. In November 2021 Michelle was elected as a member of Chief and Council which she graciously accepted along with the role and responsibilities that come with that very honorable position in the community. Michelle has dedicated her time and commitment to the betterment of Netmizaaggamig Nishnaabeg and the wellbeing of the members that belong to the community and will continue to aid in the future development and progress of our First Nation.

Portfolio(s): Young People, Emergency Services & Planning, Finance, Communications and Outreach

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WAYNE SABOURIN

Councilor

Bio coming soon.

Portfolio(s): Ontario Works, Energy, Policing, Land Claim/ Litigation files, Public Works, Human Resources