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Matachewan First Nation chief dies

Jason Batisse 'dedicated his political career to creating a better quality of life for his community,' says NAN Grand Chief
Matachewan First Nation Chief Jason Batisse has died. He's seen here in a photo from the Matachewan First Nation's website for chief and council.

The chief of a Northern Ontario First Nation has died. 

Matachewan First Nation Chief Jason Batisse is being remembered for his commitment to family and kindness, according to a statement from Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. 

"We send our deepest condolences to his partner Sam, his children, and beloved grandson. Our thoughts and prayers are with the entire community of Matachewan First Nation," said Fiddler.

"Jason was proud of his Anishnawbe heritage and generously shared his knowledge of culture and traditional teachings, especially with youth. He was an avid hunter and taught his family and others how to live off the land in the way of our ancestors."

Matachewan First Nation is in Treaty 9 territory about 60 kilometres west of Kirkland Lake.

Batisse was elected as chief for the current term in March 2023. 

He has been involved in local leadership for years and previously served as chief, according to his biography on the First Nation's website.

"He dedicated his political career to creating a better quality of life for his community. Through his leadership, Matachewan forged partnerships with industry that helped secure infrastructure development, and economic and employment opportunities," reads Fiddler's statement. 

"A proud father and grandfather, Jason is fondly remembered for his commitment to family and for the friendship and kindness he shared so freely with others. We will miss our friend  dearly, and we pray for the Creator to guide him on his Spirit Journey."

NAN says the funeral arrangements haven't been announced and Batisse's family has asked for privacy.