I am pleased to present the Kahkewistahaw First Nation Leadership progress report, which provides an update on the work your Leadership Council has completed during the 2017-2020 term. It’s important to highlight the key initiatives that have been accomplished during this term and to share insight as to the direction we are headed in the years to come.
I would like to acknowledge our loved ones now walking the Spirit World. I have had the honour of speaking on behalf of our community and families as we send loved ones on their journeys. My most difficult days as your leader are during times of loss, when we are helping our grieving families. But when we come together as a united community, I am grounded in humility and compassion.
I must also recognize the previous leadership teams who sat as Chief and Council. We would not be where we are today without their efforts. I acknowledge them for carrying on through the good and bad times. Together we are all #kahkewistahawproud.
I am pleased to announce that I will be seeking re-election as Chief of Kahkewistahaw First Nation. The KFN Council has dedicated its collective efforts and many, many hours to moving forward on our challenging path to Kahkewistahaw sovereignty and nation building. I look forward to continuing this important work. As difficult as it is, the rewards are ten-fold when we see pride rise in KFN citizens, both young and old.
Our efforts have focused on initiatives that:
- Contribute to sound governance practices
- Empower our own people
- Build capacity
- Advance the KFN community and its Membership
- Support economic development
- Aim for self-determination and sovereignty
Our successes have been achieved thanks to the strengths and talents of our KFN Councillors, and as a first-term Chief, I’m fortunate to have their guidance. It’s incredible to experience a leadership that can put aside personal agendas for the betterment of our community. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, “We don’t
always agree on how to get there, but we share in the collective vision for Kahkewistahaw.”