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Derek Nepinak was re-elected today as Grand Chief, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Nepinak received 26 votes, Fontaine 16 votes and Kent had 6, and gave his competitors gifts and congratulated them for their hard work. Nepinak is known for his involvement in Idle No More and raising awareness about treaty rights.

"The work is selfless and exhausting. It's not glamorous and oftentimes tragic. It's scary, it's fun, its disappointing and exhilarating. It shows my success and it shows my failure. It's my life and I honour it as the beautiful gift granted to me by the Creator. I will work with the tools that I have to continue to do the work that I am tasked with in the time I'm given. I'm honoured that the Chiefs have put me back in this role and I am honoured to receive all the congratulations from across the country. We take a strong position here in Manitoba and I will do my part to continue that work," Derek Nepinak said on social media after being re-elected today.

Nepinak has been a chief for ten years, and Grand Chief for the past 3 years.  He studied MA Aboriginal governance at University of Winnipeg.

(Top Photo: Christopher Heffley)

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