Sacred Trust Foundation

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The Sacred Trust Foundation was established on the retirement of R. Stacey Laforme from the position of Gimaa (Chief) of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation to commemorate and continue his important work.

A testament to his enduring commitment to raising consciousness, expanding allyship, and fostering reconciliation, the Sacred Trust Foundation will benefit the vulnerable communities and traditional territories of the Mississaugas.

Chief, Father, Poet

R. Stacey Laforme was the elected Chief of the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation (MCFN), completing his term in 2023. Born and raised on MCFN, Chief Laforme has served his community for over twenty years being first elected to council in 1999.

He is very active throughout MCFN’s Treaty Lands and Territory, which encompasses 3.9 million acres of Southern Ontario, not only as a Chief, but as a notable storyteller, poet and published author. Chief Laforme has recently been appointed as an honorary senior fellow for Massey College, joining the Duke of Edinburg and the Chancellor of Oxford as only the third person awarded the highest honour the college can bestow. In 2018, De dwa da dehs nye (Aboriginal Health Centre) awarded Chief R. Stacey Laforme the Walter Cooke Wisdom Keeper Award in recognition of one’s capacity to exemplify significant and continuous service to our community by demonstrating integrity, generosity of spirit, humility, courage, collaboration, “The Good Mind”, and traditional ways of knowing and being.

In the summer of 2023 Gimaa Laforme, as a member of the Michii Saugii Delegation, met with King Charles in Edinburgh, marking the first Nation-to-Nation meeting between The Crown and The Michii Saugi since 1860.


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