by Adam Gould & Ann Gladue-Buffalo Tripartite Forum

Morley Googoo is the new Regional Chief for AFN (repesenting Nova Scotia and Newfoundland). Photo by Adam Gould

The Tripartite Forum is pleased to welcome recently elected Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland, Morley Googoo, as the new Mi’kmaq • Nova Scotia • Canada Tripartite Forum Executive Chair. Regional Chief Googoo replaces Rick Simon who served as Executive Chair since April 2004.

In June 2011, Simon resigned from his position as AFN Regional Chief for Nova Scotia/Newfoundland to accept a new role as Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Indian Brook First Nation. He served nearly six terms in 17 years as Regional Chief. The Tripartite Forum wishes to thank Rick Simon for his years dedicated work and wish him the best as Indian Brook CEO.

Googoo was elected by Nova Scotia’s and Newfoundland’s Chiefs as the new Regional Chief in May 2011. Googoo becomes the third Executive Chair in Tripartite history; the first being the late Alex Denny of Eskasoni. Regional Chief Googoo has an extensive background in community and public service. First elected as Chief of Waycobah First Nation at the age of 24, Chief Googoo went on to serve nine terms as Chief of his home community. His new role as Executive Chair became effective on Friday, June 10. As Executive Chair, his duties will be to facilitate and chair Executive, Officials, Steering Committee and Working Committee meetings.

The Forum congratulates and welcomes Regional Chief Morley Googoo to his new role as Executive Chair and looks forward to working with him.

The Mi’kmaq • Nova Scotia • Canada Tripartite Forum was formed in 1997 as a partnership between the Nova Scotia Mi’kmaq, The Province of Nova Scotia and The Government of Canada to address issues affecting Mi’kmaq in Nova Scotia. For more information, please visit the Tripartite Forum homepage at

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