Grand Chief Arthur Noskey

Grand Chief of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta

Meet Grand Chief Noskey:

Arthur Noskey is the Grand Chief of Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta. He is married to his beautiful wife and long-time sweetheart Mary for over 33 years. Together they have 3 beautiful children and 3 grandchildren.  

Grand Chief Noskey served 9 years as Council for Loon River Cree Nation, 12 years as Chief and now a total of 7 ½ years as Grand Chief of the Treaty 8 First Nations of Alberta.  In his prior years he also served as Council for the Municipal District of Opportunity No. 17 when his community was known as a Hamlet shortly before the lands were transferred to Treaty Land Entitlement Reserve lands for his Nation. 

Grand Chief Noskey grew up farming, raising cattle.  Much of Grand Chief’s spare time is still on the land to this day.  He enjoys family time, ministering at his church, being on his trapline, hunting and fishing and his hobbies include golf, ice hockey and baseball. 

Grand Chief Noskey was the first Chief to farm out lands to Industry with 100% approval by the Nation and Loon River is the only Nation that had all royalties transferred from provincial to federal jurisdiction, for disposed mines and minerals to Loon River First Nation 

 

“In First Nations Governance, we were able to make our nation operate as a corporate board.  This was a great economic achievement for Loon River Cree Nation”

-Grand Chief Noskey

 

As a First Nation politician, he says “one of the most challenging issues is the election process because of the length of your term as Chief for your nation, whether it is 4 years, 3 years, or 2 years in First Nation communities and the impact it has on the continuity of leadership”.  What most of society doesn’t know is that there are restrictions for First Nations leadership given that the Canadian Government presumes control and administration of our leadership, of our administration, lands, and monies, much of which is delegated under Their Indian Act which is a very suppressive and discriminatory, racist policy.   

In his current position as the First Elected full-time Grand Chief, the Treaty 8 Nations are in a great paradigm shift as they reassert their Inherent Sovereignty.  Grand Chief Noskey believes the Oral History of our ancestors and Elders, past and present, has lived through us and with education, advocacy and sharing of their teachings, of our Inherent way of life will revitalize our people.  The future for the Treaty 8 peoples to realize who they are, their Sovereignty and to reap in the benefits of the treaty, or the “bounty and benevolence of the Queen” as she promised back in 1899 is still recognized and the Treaty promises as understood by our Elders will be fulfilled. 

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