Grand Chief Derek Fox is an Anishinaabe father, lawyer and an avid outdoorsman. He is from Bearskin Lake First Nation in Treaty No. 9 territory.  

As a youth, he found strength and comfort on the outdoor rink and his love of hockey. He was drafted first-round to the OHL when he was 16 years old. He was also given opportunities to play for Ted Nolan and with First Nations hockey star Jonathon Cheechoo on the international stage. GC Derek Fox enjoyed a successful career in major junior and semi-pro hockey. He combined his love of the sport with his desire to pursue an education by playing hockey in University. Soon after he was blessed with his first son.  

GC Fox received a degree in Political Science and Economics from the University of Manitoba. After the birth of his second son, GC Fox decided to pursue a career in law and completed his Juris Doctorate at the University of Manitoba in 2013. GC Fox was called to the Ontario Bar in 2014 . He has practiced civil litigation with a focus on Aboriginal, corporate and commercial law. He has a passion for his people, his territory, and for instilling a love of culture, sport, and education in Anishinaabe youth. He encourages young people to be focused and determined so they can reach the highest levels of education possible. 

Grand Chief Derek Fox was first elected as one of three Deputy Grand Chiefs of Nishnawbe Aski Nation in August 2015 and was re-elected in 2018.  He was elected as Grand Chief in 2021. He is a well-regarded speaker, opinion leader and sits on a number of Board and Committees. GC Fox manages the oversite of all NAN portfolios and is responsible for the Treaty and Infrastructure portfolios.  


  • Governance & Treaty
  • Infrastructure & Housing – Safe Drinking Water/Emergency Management
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