Romeo Saganash



Romeo Saganash was first elected as the MP for Abitibi–Baie­James–Nunavik–Eeyou in 2011. Re­elected in 2015, Saganash has been named the NDP critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs and the Northern Economic Development Agency.

As a member of the official opposition he was named the deputy critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs. He later became the critic for Energy and Natural Resources, and subsequently for International Development.

Saganash is a proud member of the Cree Nation of James Bay and from early on in his career, he has been working for the betterment of his community. As a young activist he founded the Cree National Youth Council, while earning a Degree in Law in Québec. He later rose to prominence within the community, earning the title of Deputy Grand Chief of the Grand Council of the Crees as well as becoming the Vice­-Chairman of the Cree Regional Authority.

Saganash spearheaded several high profile corporate and intergovernmental negotiations, including the famous Paix des Braves (2002) between the Québec Government and the Grand Council of the Crees.

Saganash is a victim of the Canadian government’s dark history of residential schooling. Despite this experience he went on to become the first Cree to earn a Law Degree in Quebec, as well as the first aboriginal MP to run for leadership of a major party. His commitment to his community is evident in his legacy of advocacy, negotiations, and representation.