Phil Fontaine, Ojibway, 1944-
He completed an unprecedented three terms as National
Chief of the Assembly of First Nations before stepping down in
2009. In 1973, Fontaine was elected Chief of the Sagkeeng community
for two consecutive terms. Upon completion of his mandate, he
and his family moved to the Yukon Territory where he as the Regional
Director General with the Canadian government. Fontaine was one
of the Manitoba aboriginal leaders who opposed the Meech Lake
Accord. Following his first term as National Chief, Fontaine was
appointed Chief Commissioner of the Indian Claims Commission and
helped resolve the land claim of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation.
A longer biography appears in Native Leaders of Canada.