Chief Misel Joe of Conne River received a special birthday gift from the residents of Conne River on June 4, as he was was elected chief for another two-year term.
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Chief Misel Joe, 66, said that he will seek another term as Chief of the Mi’kmaq Band Council in Conne River in the June 4 election. Chief Joe is seen here speaking at the recent MOU signing between eight communities in the Coast of Bays that will work together to achieve regional goals.
He was first elected Chief of the Conne River Reserve in 1983. He served in this position until 1988 and was reelected again in 1994, and he has held the position since then.
In an earlier interview with the Advertiser Chief Joe said, if re-elected, there are a number of issues he wants to work on during his next term.
The key objective he said will be the construction of a new school in the community.
“This is an initiative I started a while ago,” he said. “I’ve got the point system down from our being in 69th place across the country among aboriginal groups to being in 29th place for a new school.
“Our band was third in Atlantic Canada out of reserves that need a new school, and now we are number one in the four Atlantic Provinces.
“It could be two, 10 or 20 years before we see a new school here. All I can say is that I will keep lobbying the federal government to make sure we can have a new school sooner rather than later.”
Chief Joe said the band council wants to build a school that is environmentally friendly and that is based around a green plan.