Chief LaRocca elected to sixth term at Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation

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Published July 7, 2023 at 4:09 pm

Kelly LaRocca earned her sixth term as Chief of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation (MSIFN) on June 23, tying her with Arnold Goose (1971-83) for the second longest consecutive number of terms in office.

The longest? LaRocca’s new Councillor. Kelly Gauthier, who served seven straight terms between 2001 and 2011.

Sylvia Coleman was also elected Councillor last month, her first term on Council. Coleman and Gauthier replace outgoing Councillors Laura Colewell and Jeff Forbes.

LaRocca has been Chief since 2013 and was first elected to Council in 2008.

There have been several families whose names dominate the list of Chiefs for the MSIFN, notably the Edgars, who served in the role from 1944-71 (Edwin – four terms, Ernest – two, Ronald – 2, John – 2, George – 2) and again from 1983-97 (Yvonne – 5, Gary – 2).

The post from the First Nations band on the election was straight to the point: “Congratulations, we are looking forward to successful years ahead.”

The social media post also thanked Colwell and Forbes for their contributions during the past term of office. “We wish you all the best for your time after politics.”

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