The position of Grand Chief was created to provide the Confederacy with a single voice on political matters. The Grand Chief takes direction from the Chiefs in Assembly and is under a sacred trust to comply with this direction. The Grand Chief shall also be the Chair of the Chiefs Executive Committee.
The Chiefs determine within their area who they will put forward as the spokesperson for the Confederacy of Treaty Six to be named Grand Chief. The position of the Grand Chief is rotated by Tribal Councils and Independent Nations. The position is for a one-year term.
Grand Chief Biography 2022
On January 7, 2022 Chief George Arcand Jr. official transitioned into the role as Grand Chief at a ceremony. Grand Chief George Arcand Jr. is from the Alexander First Nation.
He is also the Chief of Alexander First Nation. He was CEO of Fort McKay First Nation where he engaged with industry leaders and helped the community to capitalize on their economic opportunities. He worked for the Federal Government as the Regional Director General, and served as a Community Development Officer for Alexander First Nation in the 1980's.
Grand Chief Arcand Jr.'s fondest memories in life are those when his Mosom (grandfather) would take him to visit with Elder's to learn about his community, traditions, understanding of Treaty, and what it means to be a leader. He said they taught him that leadership is something that is earned, a gift bestowed upon you by the community. It is a precious gift that must be used to make life better for everyone.