Chief & Council


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Statement of Election Results 2014
Posted: March 4, 2014

Norway House Cree Nation 2014 General Election For One (1) Chief & Six (6) Councillor Positions

Chief Candidates:
Loretta Bayer 430
Dennis Day Withdrew
Florence Duncan 763
Ronald Evans 852
Gilbert Fredette 167

Councillor Candidates:

Johnny C. Anderson 977
Gilbert Fredette 744
Anthony Apetagon 1129
Pam (Balfour) Friesen 216
Eric Apetagon Withdrew
John L. Henry Jr. 517
Lloyd Arthurson 236
Thomas Muswagon Jr. 364
Loretta Bayer 1096
Darlene Osborne 1121
Allan Wilson 698
Wayne Clarke 490
Clarence Paupanekis 687
Brian J. Cromarty 647
Allison Saunders 133
Dennis Day 559
Myra Saunders 149
James Dixon 541
Andrew Simpson 327
Charlie Ettawacappo 453
George Solomon 242
Samantha Folster 774

Declared Elected for a Four (4) year term

Chief Ronald Evans

Rejected Ballots for Chief: 18

Councillor Johnny C. Anderson
Councillor Anthony Apetagon
Councillor Loretta Bayer
Councillor Samantha Folster
Councillor Gilbert Fredette
Councillor Darlene Osborne

Rejected Ballots for Councillor: 34

Total Mail in Ballot Cast & Counted: 305
Total Ballots Cast at Polls: 2031
Total Ballots Cast & Counted: 2336

Signed this 5th day of March 2014.
Yvonne Apetagon
Electoral Officer

The Meaning of our Logo

The strength of the design of the logo is its portrayal of the multi-faceted reality of the Norway House Cree Nation.

The background of the land and forest runs horizontally to form a peace pipe with a bear at the tip reflecting an element of our people's unique kinship with nature.

The primary elements of the logo: Eagle; Sun; Geese; Forest; Water and Moose - symbolize all life and creation including the elements of fire, water and air. This is the unifying theme which demonstrates the strong ties our Cree Nation has with all the elements around us.

Within the sunset, the mast of the York Boat rises to form a cross, depicting the role of the church within the community.

The seven geese in the sky represent the Chief and six Councillors, while the soaring spirit of the Nation is reflected in the predominance of the eagle whose outstretched wings and tail feathers branch out from the stretched beaver skin - representative of trapping in our traditional way of life.

The York Boat represents our history and activities in trade and commerce including fishing.

The moose is emblematic of our traditional hunting life.

The logo is a sum of all our Cree Nation's parts and together embodies an all-inclusive spirit, reality and vision carried in the bodies, the eyes, the hearts, the minds and the language of our Cree Nation.

History of Norway House:

Norway House is one of the largest First Nation communities in Manitoba and has a rich history.

It is situated on the confluence of the Nelson River and Lake Winnipeg, 456 kilometers north of Winnipeg, Manitoba; approximately 800 kilometers by road. The population consists of 6,918 Band members and approximately 600 community members living in the adjacent off-reserve community.

Norway House played a fundamental role in establishing the economic foundation of Manitoba & Canada during the fur trade era. It first emerged as a significant post in 1821 when the Hudson's Bay Company and the Northwest Company merged and established a fur-trading post near the outlet of Lake Winnipeg in 1814. The Norway House post was named after Norwegian labourers who build the post in recognition for their exceptional building skills.

Today, Norway House Cree Nation is recognized as a very progressive community and boasts a large number of amenities, including a hospital, personal care home, state-of-the-art educational facility, post-secondary facility, public work facilities and business establishments. The leadership believes in self-reliance and sustainability through economic development. Various economic ventures have been undertaken by Norway House Cree Nation, such as the Pharmacy, Dental clinic, bus transportation, Cellular & Communications System, York Boat Inn, Kistapinanihk Shopping Mall & Kinosao Sipi Multiplex Recreation Centre.

Norway House Cree Nation has strong emphasis on education because it is the key component to a self-sustaining community in every aspect. It is very important to secure a better future for the youth and for generations yet unborn by initiating quality education and economic development strategies & projects which will capture the Vision of Norway House Cree Nation.


"Transforming our community into a true sovereign Nation."


"To re-vitalize and assert our right to be self-governing Nation with a strong spiritual connection to our heritage, land, culture and people."


  • Develop a governance constitution that will transform NHCN into a true sovereign Nation while honouring our Treaty & Inherent Rights.
  • To be financially stable & secure through effective & sound financial management.
  • Implement central services of the NHCN & ensure programs and services are efficient & responsive to the needs of NHCN membership.
  • Achieving an independent and sustainable community through economic development.
  • Instill community pride through social and community events and development.