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Nishnawbe Aski Nation fires its grand chief following misconduct

A northern Ontario First Nation political organization is looking for a new Grand Chief after firing Derek Fox for misconduct.

Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) represents 49 Indigenous communities across treaties five and nine and suspended Fox with pay in February after an internal investigation was launched into allegations of code of conduct violations.

Derek Fox has been removed as Nishnawbe Aski Nation grand chief. (Supplied)

Following a third-party investigation, the NAN Chiefs-in-Assembly decided Thursday to remove him from office.

"The position of grand chief has been declared vacant and a by-election will be called within 30 days, in accordance with NAN by-laws," the organization's executive council said in a statement.

"Chiefs have directed NAN to review the report’s recommendations and create an implementation process for their enactment. In view of the very challenging times faced by NAN leadership and staff, the executive council will work to strengthen existing staff supports (including culturally appropriate measures) with a view to ensuring a safe work environment for all at NAN."

Fox, a lawyer from Bearskin Lake First Nation, was elected in 2021 after serving two terms as deputy grand chief.

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