Board Chair – Melvin Hardy
Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief (RDGCC) Melvin Hardy was elected in June of 2021 to the Leadership Council Executive of Anishinabek Nation, representing the Northern Superior Region.
At Anishinabek Nation, RDGCC Hardy currently holds portfolios in the following areas:
- Giigoonh Dodem – Fish Clan – Lands & Resources
- Makwa Dodem – Bear Clan – Health & Healing
Throughout his work, RDGCC Hardy aims to address the priorities of the First Nations within the Northern Superior Region, and the Anishinabek Nation as a whole.
RDGCC Hardy is a veteran of the Canadian Army, having served as paratrooper from 1979 to 1985. This service has shaped his work ethic, dedication, and commitment to the roles he takes on and has enhanced his leadership skills to the benefit of his community and the Anishinabek Nation.
RDGCC Hardy attended Lakehead University and Ryerson University in working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree and has worked in the areas of mental health, addictions, and social services. It was through this work that RDGCC Hardy developed a lifelong interest and passion for social advocacy for Indigenous people.
In 2016, RDGCC Hardy was elected as Chief of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek (formerly known as Rocky Bay First Nation). As Chief, RDGCC Hardy was instrumental in many community developments, initiatives, and economic development successes of Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek, a position he held until 2021 when he was elected to the position of Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief.
RDGCC Hardy is the proud grandfather of three grandchildren, and frequently volunteers his times at various speaking engagements and community events in order to draw awareness to social issues, Residential Schools, and Child Welfare, among other topics.
RDGCC Hardy’s Dodem (Clan) is Mukwa (Bear) and his name “Zhoongizi” means “strong one for the people” in Anishinaabemowin.