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Cote First Nation is located north of the town of Kamsack, Saskatchewan and 16km west of the Manitoba Border totalling approximately 8,090 hectares (19,900 acres). The band has a current membership of 4,091 people with approximately 1161 living on reserve. Cote First Nation is one of the 6 First Nations that are members of the Yorkton Tribal Council and is also part of the Treaty Four. Saulteaux is the native language.

Anin Cote First Nation Members,

First off, I would like to say thank you for electing me as your Chief. I am very humbled and honoured to serve the people as Chief of the Cote First Nation. There is a lot of work ahead and I am looking forward to working with the council, staff and members as we come together and move forward to sustain our Nation in the Treaty Right to self government.

We are in critical times right now and I want to reassure you that I am confident in moving our community to becoming a stronger, sovereign, self-sustainable First Nation community. We have many opportunities with our Treaty and self-governance and we need to use these tools to strengthen our nation. I am also confident that we as a community, youth, elders and all Members, can revive and rebuild our language and culture together. The youth are our next generation of leaders to come and we need to focus on them so we can assist and encourage them to learn and embrace their traditions along with getting a strong education.

We are a strong nation right now but soon we will be more powerful than ever, culturally and economically. I welcome and encourage all input from our Members; I will make sure that your voice is listened to and respected. I want to involve the community in governance and keep everyone informed and educated in many different ways and will work out a strategy to do so. I want to have an open communication between Chief and Council and the membership, ensuring that everyone has an opportunity to participate with and in the government. I value my fellow Members’ input just as much as I value our Elders and youth’s advice and input.

I want the people and the government to prosper and move forward with great stability and sustainability. I want to establish a system that will promote the sustainability of CFN organizations, but most important is the sustainability, health, pride and well-being of our Anishnabe people of the Cote First Nation.

Lets build a healthy, safe and prosperous Nation for generations to come with the guidance of our Creator.

Chief George Cote

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