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.

  • A Grand Chief/Chairperson is elected by all Crees every 4 years in a general election held by secret ballot.
  • A Deputy Grand-Chief/Vice-Chairperson is elected by all Crees every 4 years in a general election held by secret ballot.
  • The elected Chiefs of each of the 9 communities also sit on the Board/Council. All Chiefs are elected by secret ballot by members of their respective Cree community.
  • One elected representative of each of the 9 communities also sits on the Board/Council for a term of 3 years. All representatives are elected by secret ballot by the members of their respective Cree community.
  • The elected Chief and an elected representative of Washaw Sibi and MoCreebec also have a voice on the Board/Council, though their status has not been formally confirmed in legislation or through agreement with government.

 

List of Board Council members

GCCEI/CNG
  • Dr. Abel Bosum, Grand Chief
  • Mandy Gull, Deputy Grand Chief
Chisasibi
  • Chief Davey Bobbish
  • Member: James Bobbish
Eastmain
  • Chief Kenneth Cheezo
  • Member: Kenneth Gilpin
Mistissini
  • Chief Richard Shecapio
  • Member: Thomas Neeposh
Nemaska
  • Chief Thomas Jolly
  • Member: John H. Wapachee
Ouje-Bougoumou
  • Chief Curtis Bosum
  • Member: Gaston Cooper
Waskaganish
  • Chief Darlene Cheechoo
  • Member: Gordon Blueboy
Waswanipi
  • Chief Marcel Happyjack
  • Member: Irene Neeposh
Wemindji
  • Chief Christina Gilpin
  • Member: Frank Atsynia
Whapmagoostui
  • Chief Louisa Wynne
  • Member: Matthew Mukash
Washaw Sibi
  • Chief Pauline Trapper-Hester
  • Member: Billy Katapatuk
MoCreebec
  • Chief: Allan Jolly
  • Member: no official member