Board / Council

Governing structure in Eeyou Istchee

Board of Directors of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and Council of the Cree Nation Government

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government are two distinct legal entities, however, they have identical membership, board of directors, governing structures and are de facto managed and operated as one organization by the Cree Nation.

Other features of governance include.
  • Both corporations are created on a not-for-profit basis.
  • All Cree beneficiaries are members of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government.
  • Both organizations must report annually to the Cree beneficiaries in an annual general assembly. This reporting includes the presentation of audited financial statements and activities reports.

The Grand Chief / Chairperson

Dr. Abel Bosum was elected in 2017

The Deputy Grand Chief / Vice Chairperson

Mandy Gull is a member of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi and is the second woman to be elected Deputy Grand Chief of the Cree Nation.

Election of leadership and representation

The Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee) and the Cree Nation Government are governed by a Board/Council of 20 members elected by the Cree beneficiaries as follows.