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October 3, 2023
Chief Jennifer Constant has been elected as leader of her home community of Mattagami First Nation. Her recent election marks a lifelong career of working in various roles and positions for her community and on regional First Nation issues over the past two decades.
Mattagami FN held their election on September 30. Councillors elected for this upcoming term are Devin Naveau, Cindy McKay, Dereck McKay, Janelle Golinowski, Sue Prince and Kourtney Baulne.
Chief Constant stated that her own personal mandate is ‘to be an active representative on First Nation issues with a focus on promotion, advancement, and advocacy of First Nation objectives and initiatives’.
“I am thankful for the support of the community and I am honoured to be taking on this role. I’m also excited because we have a good group of people on our council who all have their own goals and they are ready to take on those priorities set by the community,” commented Chief Constant.
The other two candidates for Chief were incumbent Chief Chad Boissoneau, who had served the community for multiple terms and Walter Naveau, who is also a past Chief and past Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN).