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CHIEF & COUNCIL

The Council of Sagamok Anishnawbek has a long history of good leadership and good governance that work for the benefit of Sagamok Anishnawbek.  Over the years many Sagamok Anishnawbek members have come together to work as Chief and Council, employees, engaging community members whom are our youth, elders and adults that have all contributed to the success for Sagamok Anishnawbek.  It is Sagamok Anishnawbek’s connection to our culture as Anishnaabe that form the root of who we are and how we walk in this world and how we will prepare for the future of our community.

Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief and Council believe in the importance of being accountable, transparent and responsible to its membership. The expectation of good governance and administration is a function of working together to achieve Sagamok Anishnawbek goals and objectives.   Strategic planning and policy development are linked with community engagement in determining the path forward.  Effective communication is important in all aspects of maintaining, managing and conveying what Sagamok Ansihnawbek is doing.  As the governing structure of Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief and Council strive to work in a professional and accountable manner. As the overall leaders of the Sagamok Anishnawbek Chief and Council have complex functions that require critical thinking and knowledge of public administration and governance.

Chief and twelve Councillors provide leadership to Sagamok Anishnawbek that oversee the work of the organization directly and indirectly through the Chief Executive Officer.

chief paulPaul Eshkakogan, Chief
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 and as an employee. 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, Vera and our four children, Morgan, Brittany, Desirae and Emma continues to support the role I serve as Chief for my community. During my time serving as the Chief of the community we have had the pleasure to welcome two grandchildren from our daughter, Brittany.

When time permits, I enjoy being out on the land hunting and fishing. The connection to our land is very important.

It remains to be an honour to be the Chief and remains 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 Gimaa.

Below are the Council members that were elected in August 2016 and the portfolio they participate:

Councillor Anna Marie Abitong, currently holds no portfolio

Councillor Arnelda Bennett,

            Community Wellness Steering Committee 

Councillor Adrienne Eshkakogan,

            Early Child Development Parent Committee 

            Governance Committee 

            Housing Committee      

Councillor Roger Jones,

            Education Committee and Governance Committee

Councillor Brenda Rivers,

            Justice Committee

Councillor Lawrence Solomon,

            G’daa kiim-non Committee

            Recreation Committee

Councillor Edward Southwind,

            Economic Development Committee 

            Elders Council

            G’daa kiim-non Committee

            Housing Committee

Councillor Rhonda Stoneypoint,

            Economic Development Committee

            Justice Committee

Councillor Angus Toulouse,

            Education Committee

Councillor Kenneth Toulouse,

            Economic Development Committee 

            G’daa kiim-non Committee

            Recreation Committee

Councillor Mary Ann Trudeau,

            Community Wellness Steering Committee

Councillor Jessie Hardisty,

            Early Child Development Parent Committee

            Elders Council

(left-right)  Kenneth Toulouse, Lawrence Solomon, Mary Ann Trudeau, Brenda Rivers, Angus Toulouse, Roger Jones, Arnelda Bennett, Rhonda Stoneypoint, Adrienne Eshkakogan, Jessie Hardisty, Edward Southwind  [missing from photo: Anna Marie Abitong]