Kenora resident Gary Allen, the executive director of Grand Council Treaty #3 and former Chief of Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation in Fort Frances, has announced his intention to run for regional chief.

“I was given tobacco to run for this important position and in order to honour and respect this gift it means being given the task to work on behalf of and unifying all nations and Indigenous peoples within the chiefs In Ontario,” Allen said.

Allen has been with Grand Council Treaty 3 since 2015, and ran for four terms as Chief of Nigigoonsiminikaaning (Red Gut) First Nation, starting in 2004. If elected as regional chief for the Chiefs of Ontario, he would also be part of the executive for the Assembly of First Nations, where Allen would become a regional chief.

“My vision is to build strong and unified Indigenous nations in Ontario, enabling our present and future generations by respecting each region, and creating wellness, internal capacity and utilize a collaborative approach to economic development and facilitate the nation-to-nation relationship with Canada and Ontario,” Allen said

The election for regional chief will be held at the All-Ontario Chiefs Conference in Nipissing First Nation, North Bay, Ontario on June 26, with 133 First Nation leaders hearing from candidates and selecting a leader on June 27, 2018.

Grand Council Treaty 3 is comprised of 28 First Nations in Northwestern Ontario and Manitoba.