Chief Lorraine Cobiness has been re-elected to serve Niisaachewan Anishinaabe Nation, commonly known as the Dalles.
Cobiness has served her community for over 15 years now. She’ll now serve in her seventh straight term as Chief, and has previously served one term as a band councillor.
She says her priorities include improving health and social programming for youth and elders, increasing housing stock, protecting Treaty rights, investing in community infrastructure, and continuing to foster partnerships with other communities in the Treaty #3 territory.
Cobiness’ accomplishments as Chief include collaborating with the government to manage forests in the Kenora area, opening Keshick High School and an Economic Centre of Excellence, starting an Empowering Women Group and serving as a member of the All Nations Health Partners and member of the Four Winds partnership to twin Highway 17 between Kenora and Manitoba.
And there are no changes at the council table. Reno Cameron, Fabian Blackhawk, Bernice Major and Martina Strong have all been re-elected to their councillor positions for a two-year term.
The election took place on April 9 at the NAN Economic Centre of Excellence.