Chief David Crate was first elected to Council in 1985 and became Chief in 1989. Now in his 29th year, he has participated in numerous projects that have improved the community. Some of these projects include the establishment of a Healing Center, Water and Sewer Treatment Facility, Car Wash/Laundry Mat, Fitness Centre, Castle Building Supplies Store and most recently, the Bay River Inn & Suites.
Chief Crate was also involved in a joint venture project with the Province of Manitoba for the development of 88 cottage lots in Fisher River. Focusing on long-term planning and community development, Chief Crate and Council are currently implementing a 20-year community plan. This plan includes upgrading of the local roads, infrastructure and drainages for the Fisher River Cree Nation community.
Chief Crate’s dedication to all Manitoba First Nations (MFN) include his work with the Assembly of Manitoba Chief’s Gaming Committee, members of the Executive Council of Chiefs, Co-chairing the MFN Technology Council and the MFN ICT Training Initiatives Inc.
In August of 2011 and in August of 2016, Chief Crate and Council brought the National Cree Gathering to the community of Fisher River Cree Nation. The Cree Gathering highlights Cree ceremonies, traditions, and teachings.
In February 2012, Chief Crate was appointed to the board of Manitoba Hydro. It was also in 2012 the Frontier Centre for Public Policy rated Chief Crate’s community of Fisher River Cree Nation 6th in the Aboriginal governance index within the prairie provinces and number one in Manitoba overall.
In June 2013, Chief Crate was appointed to the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board by the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development of Canada (AANDC).
In November 2013, Chief Crate’s community was approved to become a Borrowing Member of the First Nations Finance Authority (FNFA).
Chief Crate was awarded with the Manitoba Crocus Award for Conservation for his work on the Fisher Bay Park and is also a recipient of the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in the merit category for Public Service.
In December 2017, Gov. Gen. Julie Payette announced the latest list of 124 remarkable Canadians to be inducted into the Order of Canada for outstanding achievements, dedication to community and service to the nation. One of those 124 remarkable Canadians is Fisher River Cree Nation Chief David Crate.
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