Chief David Crate will continue as chief of Fisher River for another two years, after winning by a vote of acclamation.
“Thank you for your continued support and confidence in my abilities to take on these important responsibilities, he said. “I am up to the challenge to continue to develop and implement the visionary and forward thinking ideas that have helped Fisher River become one of the most prosperous and progressive First Nations community in Manitoba.”
Over the past 2 years, under the leadership of Chief Crate, Fisher River:
- Entered into an agreement to establish a formal political and economic relationship between three Independent First Nations
- Received funding for the implementation for a Right to Play project
- Completed infrastructure upgrades, ranging from roads to drainage and more
- Formed partnerships with organizations such as Manitoba Hydro and the University of Winnipeg
- Lobbied the provincial government on issues affecting the community e.g peat mining licenses and Fisher Bay park
- Applied for certification by the First Nations Financial Management board to improve access to resources
- Engaged in talks with the federal government on issues affecting Treaty Rights
Chief Crate was also recognized nationally for his dedication to the community and received the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in the merit category of Public Service.
He was also appointed to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board, a testament to his 23 plus years of experience as a community leader and expertise in economic development. The board plays an important role in helping the federal government develop economic policies and programs that are coordinated, accessible and responsive to the needs and circumstances of Aboriginal people in Canada.