Our families are our most important priority

I wanted to send out a little note to let my friends and family know that I’ll be leaving the Assembly of First Nations in order to spend more time with my family at home.  Our families are our most important priority.  For me, this difficult decision was guided by my values as a Midewiwin Anishinaabe man, a husband and father.

Chi-miigwetch to National Chief Perry Bellegarde, CEO Judy White and the talented and dedicated staff at the AFN. I only wish I could have spent more time with you.

On a personal note, Deborah and I, like many other families, struggle having a child of mental illness. Some days are harder than others.  Support, Love and understanding are an absolute necessity to cope with this lifelong journey. But so are much needed supports and investments in First Nations youth, both on-reserve and in the cities.

We sincerely appreciate all your kind thoughts, prayers and support.




  1. Craig makinaw says:

    Prayers to you and your family, and for all future endeavors.

  2. Matt says:

    Chi-miigwetch for NFN representation at the AFN.

    Kind regards and all the best to you and your family.

  3. Teresa Migwans says:

    Good Evening Bob
    Family is definitely more important than a position that takes you away from home…
    Personally I can relate…I too left a position to be home with my family my aging mom who lives with us and our daughter that struggles daily with her mental health issues…that last text message out of many calls out for help…was the straw that broke the camel’s back…being a part time mom was just not enough, texting was just not enough…
    One day at a time, one hour at a time, and just being there and listening and offering that shoulder for support means a lot…
    Good thoughts and prayers to you and your family

  4. Janet louise says:

    All the best to you and your family … prayers of strength,support to you n yous all of us who know you know that you give everything to all undo n your family is #1 … stay strong my friend … hello to every one for me….

  5. Beaver PAUL says:

    I am very pleased you have the courage and fortitude to demonstrate the value of family.

  6. Dan Brant says:

    Bob. It takes a lot of not only commitment but courage to do what you are doing. You are a good man!