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Nipissing First Nation: Want to actively help get rid of Stephen Harper? Here’s how.


Stephen Harper and Patrick Brazeau.

My dear Nbisiing Anishinaabeg:

Please take a few minutes to consider this call to action.  It’s such an important time where we all need to do our part, to work together, to get rid of Stephen Harper and his insensitive, reckless and irresponsible government that has absolutely no care or concern for Anishinaabe families.

Several prominent community members and myself have been working to help our good friend Anthony Rota to take back the Nipissing-Timiskaming riding from Harper back-bencher Jay Aspin.

Harper, Aspin and the Conservative government have refused to work with First Nation on a nation-to-nation basis, choosing unilateral and arbitrary means to further their agenda.  An agenda that has seen them kill the $5 billion Kelowna Accord, a blind refusal to call an inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women, stripping environmental laws meant to protect fresh water, and cutting millions of dollars from First Nations organizations across the country.

Here’s what we need to know about the October 19, 2015 federal election:

  1. We need to take action. Stephen Harper has to go. So we must all do our part to help make that happen. What can you do?
  2. We need to vote strategically. In our riding, the last election was decided by only 18 votes. If we are to use “strategic voting” we can take a seat away from the Harper government. In our riding, strategic voting means that we all need to vote Liberal. In our riding, if you vote NDP or Green, you are helping re-elect the Conservatives.  See
  3. We need to help our friends. As a community, we should support our friend and our biggest supporter. No MP or local candidate has been a better friend, supporter and stuck with us through thick and thin than Anthony Rota. He’s really been there for our First Nation as an MP and a community leader. Even during the past four, hard years, Anthony’s been here and we can count on him. Anybody remember Rona Eckhert, Dave Fluri, Dianna Allen, Art Campbell, Wendy Young or Dawson Pratt??? Me neither. But Anthony will be here for our community, doing what he does best, regardless of the election result.

Do you want to know what you can do to help get rid of Stephen Harper?  Please consider volunteering a few hours of your time with the Anthony Rota campaign.

We need some Nbisiing Anishinaabeg to help out with the following:

  • Making phone calls to potential supporters.
  • Canvassing our community door-to-door.
  • Delivering lawn signs to homes in our community.
  • Acting as election day volunteers.
  • Being a scrutineer or poll agent on behalf of the campaign.

No experience is necessary. It does help if you have a car or a ride to the Campaign office in North Bay.  You’ll receive a little bit of training then you’ll be set to work with a lot of good, friendly and like-minded people.

If you can help out, please call Bob Goulais at (705) 805-9242 or e-mail me:

Miigwetch. Thank you in advance for your time and effort.


Bob Goulais, Tory Fisher, Trish Cowie, Anthony Rota, Marianna Couchie, Chief Scott McLeod, Robin McLeod


Local First Nations support Liberals, endorse Rota


Anthony Rota, his wife Chantal, daughter Samantha and their dog – Ruby.

As the next federal election looms in 2015, local Liberals are preparing to put their best candidate forward to take back the riding of Nipissing-Timiskaming.  First Nations in the area are working to play a pivotal role in the riding to ensure their priorities are reflected in the upcoming election campaign and in shaping the next government.

First Nation Liberal organizer, Bob Goulais, who has played an advisory role within the Nipissing-Timiscaming Liberal Riding Association, has announced that he has endorsed previous Member of Parliament and past Liberal National Caucus Chair Anthony Rota in his bid for the Liberal nomination.

“We desperately need experienced and effective representation in Ottawa.  Eight years of Stephen Harper’s bullying and a single term of Jay Aspen’s muted and ineffective representation is enough,” said Goulais, a member of Nipissing First Nation.  “Anthony is the best candidate to win back the trust and hearts of the people in this riding.”

Goulais has pledged to deliver the support of his home community of Nipissing First Nation and many other First Nations voters.  Goulais and a strong team of Anishinaabe supporters and volunteers has consistantly delivered overwhelmingly one-sided polls to Mr. Rota in previous elections in 2004, 2006, 2008 and 2011.

“We are starting to see more and more First Nations people taking an interest in mainstream politics and wanting to make a difference.  For our community, that means supporting Anthony and voting Liberal.  That trend will continue with a lot of hard work and determination of our team,” said a confident Goulais.

Bob has been a longtime advocate of increasing First Nations participation in the electoral process.

“It is essential that our people step up and lead the change we want to see in Canada.  We can do that by voting, communicating our perspectives and priorities and playing a role within the system,” said Goulais who led the development of the ‘First Peoples Vote’ campaign.

“Personally, I want to see more First Nations MPs, candidates, riding association executives, political staffers and volunteers from all indigenous walks of life.”

Goulais has shared his priorities with Mr. Rota including immediate action on the issue of missing and murdered Aboriginal women, working with First Nations to improving education and health determinants and strengthening critical environmental policies weakened under the Conservative government.

“Harper’s approach to working with First Nations is so paternalistic that our people are frustrated and have become disillusioned with Ottawa.  The ‘Non-sense Revolution’ needs to come to an end,” concludes Goulais.

Goulais was an advisor during the Kelowna Accord, negotiated between First Nations, the Provinces and former Liberal prime minister Paul Martin.  The Accord, it’s objectives, funding and the tremendous goodwill associated with it were scrapped when the Conservatives came to power in 2006.  Goulais has also participated in the Liberal Aboriginal Peoples Commission (APC).