Chief Gerry Duquette
Gerry graduated from the Native Land Management Program at Cambrian College in 1998 and started working for Dokis First Nation in 2003 as the Land Code Coordinator. In 2006 he joined the National Aboriginal Lands Mangers Association (NALMA) as the Resource Officer and the Quebec/Labrador First Nations Coordinator.
In 2010, he returned home to Dokis First Nation where he took on the position as the Consultation Coordinator for all matters in and around Dokis’ Traditional Territory. Since 2010, he was the lead in passing the Dokis Land Code, the Ratification Officer for the Okikendawt Hydro Project and the Okikendawt Hydro Trust. Gerry was first elected to the Dokis Council in 2012, then to the position of Deputy Chief in 2014 and is now serving his first term as Chief.
The Okikendawt Hydro Project was awarded the 2014 Pollution Probe award for clean energy initiative of the First Nation owned in partnership with Hydromega Energy INC. Dokis First Nation is now consulting with other First Nations for a new project with their partners Hydromega.
Gerry is also a Certified Verifier for the First Nation Land Management under the Framework Agreement and he is currently negotiating an Impact Benefit Agreement within the mining sector.
In his spare time, Gerry helps run Riverview Cottages which has been in his family for over 40 years, operates Migisi Fish Hatchery with the help of community members, and coaches his son’s minor hockey and Little NHL team. He is also part of the Dokis Recreation Committee and a Volunteer Fire Fighter.