Alderville Chief attends historic Anishinabek Nation meeting where traditional election revived

Anishinabek Nation Chiefs-in-Assembly elected Linda Debassige as the Grand Council Chief

Linda Debassige was elected as Grand Council Chief recently during a traditional stand-up vote.


At a landmark meeting of the Anishinabek Nation earlier this month, members selected Linda Debassige as the new Grand Council Chief using a traditional stand-up vote for the first time in decades.

Alderville First Nation Chief Taynar Simpson attended the meeting. He talks about this historic moment on the show, including the preparations, the nomination, and the final selection. He will also discuss the agenda items covered and the concerns raised during the meeting.

Later, he will look ahead to a significant proposal he hopes to raise at another important meeting of chiefs.  The Chiefs of Ontario and Six Nations of the Grand River will host the Annual Chiefs Assembly and Regional Chief Election. Simpson will describe his proposal to extend the role of an independent special interlocutor for missing children and unmarked graves associated with residential schools, highlighting the importance of proper representation and procedures moving forward.

Originally aired: June 18, 2024.


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