Governance

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Mikisew is governed by an elected team of representatives with one Chief and six councillors. This team works diligently locally, nationally and internationally to preserve history and tradition while propelling progress. Chief and Council provide guidance and direction to our executive committee, which manages the daily operations of the Nation, providing services, allocating resources and advocating on behalf of Band members and their interests.

“I have the distinct pleasure and honour of being Chief of the Mikisew Cree First Nation. Our culture, our language and our future depends on sovereignty and creating opportunities while protecting our treaty rights and our people. During my time as Chief I am committed to increasing transparency and good governance while closing the gap on our housing shortage and conducting a comprehensive review on our agricultural benefit agreement. COVID-19 has put extra pressure on all of us, but through collaboration and working together we are getting through this difficult and challenging time. I’m honoured to serve along with a gifted council. We can and will work towards a great future.”

Chief Peter Powder

Mikisew Leadership

Bonnie Fraser

Councillor

Lydia Courteoreille

Councillor

Ronald "Ronnie" Campbell

Councillor

Roxanne Marcel

Councillor

Russel Kaskamin

Councillor

Sherri McKenzie

Councillor

Cornel Idoko

Operations Manager

Portfolio Overview

Mikisew has seven primary portfolios that address all facets of our Nation.
Each portfolio has an appointed committee comprised of councillors, directors and Nation members.

Councillors Bonnie Fraser, Sherri McKenzie and Russell Kaskamin

  • Social development and reform
  • Mikisew health
  • Nunee Health
  • Kahkiyow Keykanow Elders Care Centre (KKECH)
  • Elders and youth programs
  • Mikisew Child and Family Services
  • Paspew House
  • Fort Chipewyan Daycare

Councillors Lydia Courteoreille, Sherri McKenzie and Roxanne Marcel

  • Mikisew Technical Services
  • Housing and infrastructure
  • On-reserve development
  • Property management

Councillors Roxanne Marcel, Russell Kaskamin and Sherri McKenzie

  • Economic development
  • Mikisew corporations
  • Mikisew Group board of directors
  • Cree-Chip Development Corporation

Councillors Bonnie Fraser, Ronald Campbell and Lydia Courteoreille

  • Post-secondary education
  • Athabasca Delta Community School
  • Alternative school
  • Keyano College

Councillors Ronald Campbell, Roxanne Marcel and Russell Kaskamin

  • WBNP Trappers
  • Government and Industry Relations (GIR)
  • Wood Buffalo Environmental Association

Chief Peter Powder and Council

  • Athabasca Tribal Council
  • Treaty 8 First Nation and provincial
  • Assembly of First Nations (AFN)
  • Industry government negotiations
  • Aboriginal and treaty rights
  • Governance matters
  • Trust matters
  • Legal justice matters

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Our Past Chiefs

Justin Martin (Deceased 1909)

(Deceased 1909)

1899 to 1909
Justin Martin, Jr. (Resigned 1930)

(Resigned 1930)

1909 to 1930
Felix (Pierre) Guillaume (Whitehead)(Deceased 1941)

(Deceased 1941)

1930 to 1941
John Cowie

1942 to 1968
Ernest (Courtoreille) Wittago

1968 to 1970
Albert Gladue

1970 to 1974