Chief & Council
The Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief and Council believes in the importance of being accountable, transparent, and responsible to its membership and as such has established guidelines that regulate there functions. Chief and Council have established policies to ensure that an accessible and transparent process is available through which community members can raise concerns, and be responded to in a timely manner.
To help ensure that Sagamok Anishnawbek achieves its political goals and objectives. Tools are used to measure Chief and Council’s success as they strive to operate in a professional and accountable manner. As the overall leaders of the Sagamok Anishnawbek, the Chief and Council have complex functions that require critical thinking and knowledge of public administration and governance.
Chief and twelve Councillors provide leadership to the First Nation and oversee the work of the organization through the Director of Operations.
Chief Paul Eshkakogan – Sagamok Anishnawbek
I was elected as Chief of the Sagamok Anishnawbek in October of 2005. Sagamok is located along the north shore of Lake Huron and is home to an on-reserve population of approximately 1400 Ojibway. Sagamok is one of a few first nation communities in Ontario that has greater than 50 % of the registered population living on-reserve.
I had previously served as a member of council for eight years and also served as an employee with the Sagamok Anishnawbek for approximately ten years. I also worked for North Shore Tribal Council, Union of Ontario Indians and Chiefs of Ontario. Through this work, I gained valuable experience in self-government negotiations, developing business relationships, community economic development and land claims.
My wife is Vera of twenty years and we have four children (two grown-ups) Morgan 22 years old and Brittany 19 years of age, Desirae is 8 years of age and Emma is 4 years old. I enjoy being out on the land hunting and fishing, when time permits. The connection to our land is very important.
It is a great honor to be the Chief and a responsibility that I take very seriously. It is very enjoyable and fulfilling to be able to help our people. And I welcome the challenges that come with the job of being the Giimaa.
I hope all citizens of the Sagamok Anishnawbek and visitors enjoy the website and find the information useful and informative.