Ontario government names former First Nation chief as Indigenous adviser

TORONTO — The Ontario government has named the former chief of a northern First Nation and Progressive Conservative candidate in the recent provincial election as a special adviser on Indigenous affairs.

The Progressive Conservative government says in a statement that Clifford Bull, former chief of the Lac Seul First Nation, will take up the newly created role effective immediately.

The statement says Bull will advise Indigenous Affairs Minister Greg Rickford on economic and social matters related to the community.

It says he will also act on behalf of Rickford and Premier Doug Ford as a liaison with other Indigenous communities.

Bull, a former social worker, served as chief of Lac Seul from 2006 to 2018 when he ran as the Conservative candidate in the newly created northern riding of Kiiwetinoong.

He lost the election to NDP candidate Sol Mamakwa.

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