WINNIPEG, MB – The University of Winnipeg would like to congratulate former Masters of Indigenous Governance student Derek Nepinak, of Pine Creek First Nation, who was elected Grand Chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs yesterday afternoon.
“The University of Winnipeg is proud that Derek Nepinak has been elected to serve his people,” said Dr. Lloyd Axworthy UWinnipeg President and Vice-Chancellor. “This honour comes with responsibilities and challenges that I am confident he will be able to meet and I look forward to working with him as UWinnipeg builds on our existing partnerships with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and First Nation communities.”
Nepinak will serve a three-year term as Grand Chief, succeeding outgoing Grand Chief Ron Evans who served two terms and was elected Chief of Norway House First Nation last week.
Nepinak was enrolled in the MA in Indigenous Governance program until he was elected Chief of Pine Creek First Nation. Most recently, he gave a guest lecture at the University concerning political and economic relationships among First Nations, Manitoba, and Canadian governments.