Community ~ Band Council

The Council of the Lennox Island Band consists of one Chief, two On-Reserve Councillors and one Off-Reserve Councillor. All Electors of the Lennox Island Band are eligible to vote in Band Elections. All Electors of the Lennox Island Band are eligible to vote in Band Elections held in accordance with these Custom Election Rules, for the positions of Chief, On-Reserve Councillors and Off-Reserve Councillor.

Chief Darlene Bernard, Melkna’t Kitpui’sk…Strong Eagle Woman…embodies her traditional name. She has committed herself to the Lennox Island First Nation and the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq community she loves, as Chief and as Co-chair of the Epekwitk Assembly of Councils Inc. which oversees the mandates for both the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI, and L’nuey.   

 

She served as Lennox Island Chief from 2001 – 2013, and was re-elected again in June of 2019. As a leader she is inspired by the people she serves and inspires those around her with her vision, her integrity and her passion. In addition to solidifying the many programs and services that currently exist within the community, as Chief (both in her previous term, and currently) she was responsible for the negotiation and signing of several imperative Agreements following the Marshall decision, which were instrumental in paving the path forward for the Mi’kmaq of PEI – the Consultation Agreement, the Partnership Agreement and the Framework Agreement, to name a few.  

 

In 2002 she led the work to establish the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI with the Abegweit First Nation Leadership, as a common forum to begin to reconcile and implement the outstanding Aboriginal and treaty rights of the PEI Mi’kmaq. And in 2019, this great work led to the implementation of L’nuey – a distinct and separate Mi’kmaq Rights organization with respect to Consultation, Negotiations, and Governance.  

 

She has returned as Chief with a clear focus on achieving overall health, stability and success for her First Nation community and self-determination for the Epekwitk Mi’kmaq Nation, with a focus on Mi’kmaq language revitalization and education, and economic development. She has been appointed as a Member of the National Indigenous Economic Development Board, and she was a recent recipient of the Diamond Jubilee Medal, in commemoration of the sixtieth anniversary of Her Majesty’s Accession to the Throne and in recognition of her contributions to Canada. She was also invested as a Member of the Order of Prince Edward Island for outstanding citizenship and excellence in 2008. And most recently accepted a role as Ex-Officio on the Premier’s Council for Recovery and Growth in PEI.   

 

Her drive, compassion, and vision for a thriving future for the Lennox Island First Nation and Epekwitk is at the heart of everything she does, everything she advocates for, and everything that she believes in.  

 

  • On-Reserve Councillor Madlene Sark
  • On-Reserve Councillor Richard Guimond
  • Off-Reserve Councillor Wendell Labobe