Gord Peters is the new Deputy Grand Chief of the Association of Iroquois and Allied Indians (AIAI), the eight-member aboriginal treaty-rights group announced on November 8.
Peters is from the Delaware Nation, Moravian of the Thames, and brings more than 20 years of experience to the position, the AIAI said in a statement. He is a past president of AIAI, has taught at the University of Toronto, is a former Ontario Regional vice-chief of the Assembly of First Nations, President and CEO of the Centre for Indigenous Sovereignty, and has worked for and in First Nation communities steadily over two decades. Peters was appointed by the Chiefs Council at its meeting on Thursday November 3. His term runs through May 30, 2012.
Peters fills an opening created by the unexpected departure of Randall Phillips, who abruptly resigned as Grand Chief in September. Denise Stonefish moved into Phillips's position from that of Deputy Grand Chief, leaving it open. She welcomed Peters into her former role.
"There will be much for the Deputy Grand Chief to do when he arrives, and I look forward to working with him to advance AIAI's collective positions," she said in the AIAI statement.
She added that AIAI intends to utilize him to the fullest and that his term will be busy, given the recent appointment of new provincial Minister of Aboriginal Affairs Kathleen Wynne "and the many pressing issues that AIAI would like to see progress in," the statement said.