TORONTO — Glen Hare, former Anishinabek Nation Grand Chief from M’Chigeeng First Nation, has been elected as the new Ontario Regional Chief in an online traditional ceremony during the 47th Annual All Ontario Chiefs Conference hosted by Grand Council Treaty #3.
“Ontario Regional Chief Elect Glen Hare ran a platform based on addressing important topics such as the housing crisis, clean drinking water, economic development and advocacy for all First Nations communities within Ontario,” said a statement from COO.
Hare is a member of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Executive Committee and the Leadership Council for the Chiefs of Ontario, which is comprised of the Grand Chiefs of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians; Grand Council Treaty #3; Nishnawbe-Aski Nation; Anishinabek Nation; representatives from the Independent First Nations; and the Ontario Regional Chief.
“With the guidance and direction of the Leadership Council and the mandates set out by the Chiefs-In-Assembly, the Regional Chief’s primary role is to actively advocate to ensure Ontario First Nations’ inherent and Treaty rights are protected, respected, and implemented, and address priority issues articulated by the First Nations in cooperation with the federal and provincial governments,” said a statement announcing Hare’s election victory.
“I wish to thank everyone for their support. I am looking forward to getting to work immediately in addressing some of the most important priorities to First Nations communities within Ontario and to ensure a path toward shared prosperity that is reflective of all our Nations,” said Regional Chief Elect Glen Hare. “Remember who you work for, and I work for you, the 133 Chiefs in Ontario.”