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Dec. 8, 2023
Two-term councillor Brent Niganobe to lead community following Dec. 6 band elections
Mississauga First Nation has elected Brent Niganobe as its new chief.
The two-term band councillor was declared leader of his community following the Dec. 6 elections, edging out runner-up Roger Daybutch by a single vote: After all 394 ballots were tabulated, Niganobe garnered 101 votes compared to the 100 votes cast in favour of Daybutch.
The outgoing leader for the community, Bob Chiblow, mustered just 59 votes in the race for chief. Chiblow was elected leader in 2021 after former chief Reg Niganobe stepped down to assume the role of grand council chief for the Anishinabek Nation.
According to his electoral platform, Niganobe grew up in Mississauga First Nation before leaving for Peterborough, where he graduated from Sir Sanford Fleming College with a law and justice degree and later, a bachelor’s degree in Indigenous studies from Trent University.