Matthew Coon Come
Mr. Coon Come was appointed to the Board in July 2017. Most recently, Mr. Coon Come was the Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istche) and the Chairperson of the Cree Regional Authority, holding the position for over 20 years. He serves as a director of Labrador Iron Ore Mines Limited since August 2007 and has served as Executive Director of the Grand Council of the Crees (Eeyou Istchee), director of Aircreebec, Creeco (Cree Regional Economic Enterprises Company), the Cree Construction Company, Servinor, the James Bay Cree Cultural Education Centre, the Centre for Indigenous Environment Resources, Niskamoon Corporation, and the Cree School Board. Mr. Coon Come was the former Chief of Mistissini, National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, becoming known for his efforts to end the federal policy of extinguishment of aboriginal peoples’ human rights of self-determination. In recognition of his leadership, Mr. Coon Come was awarded the Goldman prize, the “Nobel Prize of Environmental Awards” in 1994. Mr. Coon Come was granted the Honorary Doctor of Laws from the University of Toronto in 2000, the degree of Doctor of Laws Honoris Causta from Trent University in 1998 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in 1995.