Derek Nepinak has been grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs since 2011 but is not seeking re-election. (Fred Chartrand/Canadian Press) Manitoba’s First Nations chiefs are choosing a new leader today.
The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs will vote for a grand chief to replace Derek Nepinak.
Nepinak, who was first elected grand chief in 2011, announced in November 2016 that he would not seek re-election, saying he doesn’t like how the system continues to be tied to colonization.
"We are not self-governing but we are actually playing to the tune of federal governments and the funding they provide through the #Indian Act political system," he said.
In a post on Facebook last November, Nepinak said he will continue to live his life in the service of #Indigenous people but will not "accept any more titles within the colonization system."
Chiefs will vote at 1 p.m. at the AMC’s annual general assembly in Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, located in Nelson House in northern Manitoba.
There are five candidates vying to become AMC grand chief:
Craig Blacksmith — Member of Dakota Plains Wahpeton Oyate.
Arlen Dumas — Member of Mathias Colomb Cree Nation.
David Kobliski — Member of Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation.
Sharon Mason — Member of Wasagamack #First Nation
Garry McLean — Member of Lake Manitoba Treaty 2 First Nation
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