Couchiching Chief Chuck McPherson dies suddenly
Couchiching First Nation Chief Chuck McPherson is remembered as a tireless advocate for his community and all of Treaty #3.
“He has definitely left an indelible mark on the region and has shared his insights and vision with many First Nation leaders over his time,” said Regional Chief Stan Beardy.
“He will be missed by many for his determination, his good nature and his humour.”
McPherson died at home on Jan. 5.
Born in 1953, he was first elected as chief of his community in 1986 for one term before being elected for seven straight terms from 1998.
“On behalf of the Chiefs of Ontario, I offer sincere condolences to the family, friends and all First Nations in Treaty #3 on the sudden passing of Chief McPherson,” Beardy said.
“Chief McPherson was a determined and tireless advocate for the citizens of Couchiching and for all of Treaty #3. He will be dearly missed.”
McPherson leaves behind his wife Brenda and three sons: Marc, Marty and Scott.
He is most notably remembered for the toll booth he set up in his community along Highway 11 in 2010 as a protest over a Highway 11 land claim and contaminated land from a former sawmill.
Believing that recreation and sport was vital to the health of youth in his community, McPherson led the development of an 18-hole golf course, new powwow grounds and an arena in his community. He enjoyed participating in local golf tournaments and often hosted the NAN-Treaty #3 golf tournament.
McPherson was also committed to the region’s economic development plans and to Grand Council Treaty #3’s strategy of protecting treaty rights.
He was mentored by many notable leaders as a youth and was involved with Grand Council Treaty #3 on various levels.
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