Lac La Ronge Band Bids Farewell to Chief

Friday, February 11, 2005 at 15:27



Today (Friday) marks the end of an era for the Lac La Ronge Indian band.


Its Chief Harry Cook’s last day on the job after nearly 25 years of service with the First Nation.


His tenure first began in 1979 and by 1987 he was elected chief. Band members go to the polls to select a new chief at the end of March and Cook decided early in his current term that this would be his last.


He feels the creation of economic ventures like Kitsaki Enterprises is one of the accomplishments he’s most proud of. He notes the band didn’t even have running water when he first started.


Cook cites health as one reason behind his departure but also says he feels its time for someone younger to lead the band.


The outgoing Chief also took time to thank the band membership for their support during his tenure. He says he feels grateful to have had the opportunity to lead the province’s largest band for so many years.