Derek Nepinak

Niibin Makwa (Derek Nepinak) is Niigani Skaabe (lead helper/Chief) of the Minegoziibe Anishinabe (Pine Creek First Nation) and a former grand chief of the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Nepinak worked with BDO Canada & the Turtle Lodge to lead the Elder consultation for the development of the Kitigan Gamik Initiative with Growcer. Over the past few years, he has initiated several actions to raise awareness and spark conversations about Indigenous rights in Canada & Climate Change Adaptation and Readiness, including a 2017 120-kilometre “Walk to Remember” from the site of his mother’s residential school to his home First Nation & site of the former Pine Creek Indian Residential School, which is now being searched for unmarked graves.

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