Welcome to the Anishinabek Nation website. The Leadership has been very busy fulfilling the needs of the Anishinabek Nation. Regional priorities sessions were conducted during the past year. We have structured the organization and the organizational work plans to meet the priorities identified in the regions.
Political advocacy is an important aspect of the work of the Leadership. Protocols have been developed with the Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Canada and the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. We meet semi-anually with each Minister. The important issues of the Anishinabek Nation are presented and discussed at a high level during the Ministers meetings.
I enjoy attending community events and pow-wows in Anishinabek territory. It is always great to meet and talk with community members. I look forward to meeting you at a future community event.
I hope that you find our website informative. Please feel free to contact us if you require information.
Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee
Grand Council Chief
Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee
Grand Council Chief
Grand Council Chief Patrick Wedaseh Madahbee is currently serving his third consecutive term as Grand Council Chief. He also served one term as Grand Council Chief in 1980, the youngest Grand Council Chief ever at 27 years of age. He is also the President of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity.
He has more than 40 years’ experience in Band politics, including 17 years as Chief of Aundeck Omni Kaning. Madahbee has served as Manager of Aboriginal Financial Services for TD and as a Regional Sales Manager for the First Nations Bank of Canada. Mr. Madahbee’s prior roles on a regional level include Lake Huron Regional Grand Chief, Lake Huron representative on the Anishinabek Nation Leadership Council, Ontario Regional Chief, and the Tribal Chair of the United Chiefs and Council of Mnidoo Mnising, His business experience includes President of Castle Building Supply and owner / operator of Crystal’s Variety Store.
His dedication to the Anishinabek Nation has included active leadership positions such as chairperson for the Robinson-Huron Treaty Claim Legal Strategy Team and the Anishinabek/Ontario Fisheries Resource Centre. He is the past Vice President of the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto and has held numerous other board positions.
He is the Health portfolio holder for the Chiefs of Ontario, member of the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee of Health, and Co-chair of the joint Non-insured health benefits review.
Grand Council Chief Madahbee has been involved in several areas including business development, management, finance, Band management, program supervision, community infrastructure and development, federal and provincial programs and resources, and is an active participant in the political arena with the Anishinabek Nation, Chiefs of Ontario, and the Assembly of First Nations.
Deputy Grand Council Chief
A citizen of M’Chigeeng First Nation on Manitoulin Island, Glen Hare is serving his fourth consecutive term as Deputy Grand Council Chief of the Anishinabek Nation.
Deputy Grand Council Chief Hare is a fluent speaker of the Anishinaabemowin language. He served six consecutive terms as Chief of M’Chigeeng First Nation, three consecutive terms as a Councillor, and two terms as the Regional Grand Chief for the Lake Huron Region.
Deputy Grand Chief Hare is an outspoken advocate for First Nations child welfare and customary care laws. He has been critical of the government imposition of non-Native child protection legislation and favours the establishment of our own child and family service laws, interventions and First Nations foster homes.
Deputy Grand Chief Hare currently co-chairs the Anishinabek/Ontario Resource Management Council (AORMC), an innovative partnership, policy and discussion forum between the Anishinabek Nation and the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources. He also serves on the often challenging Enforcement Working Group for the AORMC.
Glen Hare has worked for the First Nations Independent Fuel handlers Cooperative, and was a central figure in its development. The Fuel Handlers Cooperative provides petroleum products and heating oil to First Nations throughout Anishinabek Nation territory.
In addition to his role as Deputy Grand Chief, Hare is also the Vice-President of the Union of Ontario Indians and the Anishinabek Nation 7th Generation Charity.
Glen and his wife Sally have been married for more than 40 years and have four sons and eight grandsons.