Chief & Council

2018 – 2021 Term

Nipissing First Nation is governed by a Gimaa (Chief), a Aanke Gimaa (Deputy Chief), and six (6) E-giigdowaad (Councillors), and follows a three-year election cycle.  Our next election will be July 9, 2021.  Please see for details.

L-R:  Councillors Brian Couchie, Jane Commanda, Rick Stevens,
Deputy Chief Muriel Sawyer (ban), Chief Scott McLeod, and
Councillors June Commanda, Michael Sawyer and Corey Goulais.

Each member of Council brings a wealth of experience and education in their fields of expertise that benefits our nation through their involvement in our committees, as well as their advocacy of Nipissing First Nation through external boards and agencies.

Each member of Council strives to continue empowering our membership, protecting our inherent rights and strengthening our reputation as a progressive and accountable nation. We foster positive relations with all levels of government, and always aim to act in the best interests of our nation and debendaagziwaad (our People, those who belong to Nipissing).

Our E-giigdowaad (Council) look forward to your continued input as we move forward with developing and implementing plans to continue enhancing the quality of life of our members. I am humbled by the support of our debendaagziwaad and staff, and am honoured to serve as the Chief of Nipissing Nation.


Scott McLeod
Gimaa (Chief)