Ogichidaa Francis Kavanaugh, Grand Chief
Grand Council Treaty #3



Francis Kavanaugh was selected as Grand Chief or “Ogichidaa” of the Anishinaabe Nation in Treaty #3 on May 25, 2016 at the Wauzhushk Onigum Round House by a Traditional Selection Process in which elected. The Grand Council represents 28 First Nations communities in Ontario and Manitoba.
Ogichidaa Kavanaugh is from Naotkamegwanning First Nation where he resides with his wife Betty of 46 years, four children and seven grandchildren. Ogichidaa Kavanaugh is from the Sturgeon clan and is a fluent speaker of Anishinaabemowin.
Ogichidaa Kavanaugh was very surprised by the nomination but acknowledges the trust and responsibility placed on him by the leadership of Treaty #3. Ogichidaa Kavanaugh previously served as Grand Chief of Grand Council Treaty#3 from 1997-1999. During this time he was very instrumental in the Treaty #3 Governance Initiative. Ogichidaa Kavanaugh has been involved with Grand Council Treaty #3 for over 40 years facilitating meetings and other activities within the area and is very understanding of the issues affecting the Nation of Treaty #3.
Throughout his career, Francis has held a variety of positions within the Nation including, Executive Director at Grand Council Treaty #3, Ojibway Tribal Family Services and a few terms on Council in his home community of Naotkamegwanning.
Ogichidaa Kavanaugh commits to working with the administration and the leadership of Grand Council Treaty #3 to address current challenges of mental health and addiction, housing , policing, child welfare and educational inequities facing member First Nation communities while honouring our sacred responsibilities to the land and the water.
Grand Chief Kavanaugh can be reached at grand.chief@treaty3.ca or by reaching his Administrative Political Assistant, Amanda Freeman at executive.assistant@treaty3.ca or by calling (807) 548-4214.
The Traditional Selection process is overseen by the Elders , this year in Wauzhushk Onigum Roundhouse with all communities’ elected leadership ( Chief and Councillors) entrusted to nominate a Candidate from the Nation. Once candidates are finalized, the elected leadership stand behind the candidate that is best suited to the position of Grand Chief. Grand Chief Kavanaugh was selected through this process, which resulted in all elected leadership standing behind him in the Roundhouse. On the same day a traditional inauguration ceremony took place where the Grand Chief shared his vision of a Grand Council where we will go forward together to protect our treaty rights and empower the Nation through our laws, our organizations and our people. Our Nation has survived by the strength and resiliency of our people and we will continue to be strong in the face of current crises affecting our communities and our Nation as a whole.