(Toronto, ON, June 27, 2018) — A historic day, as the first female Ontario Regional Chief was selected in a traditional ceremony at the 44TH Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference today hosted by Nipissing First Nation, in the Anishinabek territory.

Regional Chief RoseAnne Archibald ran a calm, respectful and heart centered leadership. The Ontario Regional Chief is a member of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Executive and the Chair of the Political Confederacy for the Chiefs of Ontario. In this capacity, she is mandated to deal with the federal and provincial governments on certain issues relevant to First Nations within Ontario.

The Chiefs of Ontario is a political forum and secretariat for collective decision-making, action, and advocacy for the 133 First Nations communities located within the boundaries of the province of Ontario. The Regional Chief’s activities are guided by our Chiefs-in-Assembly who represent the Anishinabek, Mushkegowuk, Onkwehonwe, and Lenape Peoples.

With their guidance and direction, the Regional Chief’s primary role is to actively advocate our First Nations’ inherent and Treaty rights are protected, respected and implemented. Much effort is allocated to reminding and pressing the federal and provincial governments of their obligations and responsibilities in implementing Treaties and to ensure they respect our Peoples’ inherent and Treaty rights.