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39th Annual Keewaywin Conference

August 10 @ 12:00 pm August 12 @ 9:00 pm

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The NAN 39th Annual Keewaywin Conference will take place virtually August 10, 11 & 12, 2021. The election of the Grand Chief (1) and Deputy Grand Chief (3) will take place during this virtual gathering, on August 11, 2021.  

Registration Deadline to be eligible to vote is 5 p.m. EST on August 10, 2021

Daily sign-in during the conference will take place each morning to track quorum. Sign in on day 2 closes at 10:30 a.m. EST

Proxy Letters must be received by 5 p.m. EST on August 10, 2021 to be eligible to vote

NAN Election 2021 Voting Platform

Simply Voting will be the platform used by NAN to conduct online and telephone voting.   This simple and secure platform can be accessed on any internet connected computer, tablet, smart phone and telephone.

Prior to election day registered Chiefs and Proxies will receive an email that will include a voting ID and password.  Another email with a link to the ballot (and the same pin code) will be sent when voting begins on August 11, 2021. Please watch for your voter ID and password to arrive, check your junk email and keep it in a safe space for easy access on election day.

If you do not have access to the internet during voting, you may use a telephone to cast your vote and will need to enter your pin code to vote. Voters call a dedicated toll-free number and are prompted to authenticate their identity. 

The voters enter their credentials using a touch-tone dial pad and the system checks whether they have yet voted. If that is the case, the voter is prompted to select from the options of each candidate, one question at a time, and finally to confirm their choices.

You will be able to check if your ballot was received either by online or phone by going to the Simply Voting website and entering your voter ID & password.

Important: If your internet connection does not support virtual meetings, we ask that you register for the phone only option and that you provide your email address and telephone number that you will be calling from.  NAN staff will be contacting you soon to provide support and answer any questions on how to connect.


If you are unable to attend, a proxy may be sent. Proxy notice must be sent in advance on letterhead and signed by the Chief and Council or a quorum of the Council. This letter will ensure that the proxy has full conference privileges to act on your behalf. A sample proxy letter is attached.

Please send proxy letters to the attention of Narene Barkman via email nbarkman@nan.ca.


The Chief Electoral Officer will oversee all aspects of the election process and will deal with any and all issues during the campaign period and election process.  Contact information for the Chief Electoral Officer can be found on the website www.nanelection.ca


Resolutions to be considered for the virtual assembly must be forwarded electronically, in advance, to Luke Hunter at lhunter@nan.ca.


The 2020/2021 NAN Annual Report and Audited Financial Statements will be distributed via mail before the conference.  Electronic copies will also be made available.

If you require any additional information or require clarification, please contact Charlene Yerxa cyerxa@nan.ca or Wendy Caruk wcaruk@nan.ca at (807) 623-8228 or NAN Toll Free 1-800-465-9952

Please Note: The annual Keewaywin Awards are a celebration of the accomplishments of the people of Nishnawbe Aski Nation, traditionally shared in person with Leadership, family and friends during our annual summer gathering. Unfortunately, this year’s Keewaywin Conference must be held in a virtual environment to ensure the safety of our members and communities. We are therefore postponing the 2021 Keewaywin Awards until we can once again safely gather to honour our award recipients and celebrate their accomplishments together as a Nation.


Election Support & InformationJocelyn Formsma, Head Electoral Officer
Phone: 613.864.7033
General InquiriesCharlene Yerxa
Phone: 807.625.4914

Wendy Caruk
Phone: 807.625.4933
Registration SupportNarene Barkman
Phone: 807.357.5331

Lorie Van Buskirk
Phone: 807.707.3659
Media InquiriesMichael Heintzman, Director of Communications
Phone: 807.621.2790
Tech Support during the assemblyChris Ficek. Maverick AV
Phone: 807.621.6444