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Sagkeeng chief vying for grand chief position

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Sagkeeng First Nation Chief Donavan Fontaine plans to announce he will run to become grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs.

Fontaine made the announcement via a news release late Thursday.

The election is set for July 30 at Swan Lake First Nation in Headingley.

Fontaine said he will meet with Winnipeg media Friday at 1 p.m. in front of the Canadian Museum for Human Rights to discuss his bid.

The current grand chief is Derek Nepinak.

"It’s not about me, it’s about improving the future for our people while still recognizing the big picture social and political framework that we must live and work in," Fontaine said in the release. "I find more gets accomplished when you negotiate firmly inside the tent rather than pound your fists outside of it."

The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs represents 64 First Nations.

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