Former Grand Council Chief Vernon Roote passes away

By Rosalind Russell – Former Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Vernon Roote has passed away.

Anishinabek Nation Grand Council Chief Reg Niganobe and the Regional Deputy Grand Council Chiefs extended their condolences to his family and larger community.

Niganobe says Roote was Chief of the Chippewas of Saugeen First Nation in 1994 bringing forward resolutions to support growth in various program sectors such as Social Development.  

He became Deputy Grand Council Chief in 1996 and Grand Council Chief from 1999 to 2002.

He adds Roote valued culture and tradition and was instrumental in establishing the Nation Councils, the creation of the new Nation Councils of the Niniwag and the 2SLGBTQQIA+ that follow in his footsteps for inclusion of all citizens to support decision making at the political level.

A traditional service will be held tomorrow in Owen Sound.

He was 74.

Photo: Vernon Roote, a former Grand Chief, has passed away. He was well known of his policies promoting inclusion. He was 74. Photo provided

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