Chief & Council


Chief Walter Naveau

Chief Walter Naveau

Chief Naveau was first elected on April 10, 2007 and has served his community for five consecutive terms. He is a strong advocate for First Nation rights and for his people to participate and be included in resource development on their traditional lands.

During his time as Chief, he has led his community into several major and minor agreements in mining and resource developments that have generated economic opportunities. Chief Naveau has a traditional background and enjoys taking part in cultural activities. He also has a background in the social services field.

He is a First Nation Ojibway person and he lives in Mattagami FN with his wife Cathy Naveau and their family. They are blessed with four grandsons and a granddaughter.

Jennifer Constant

Councillor Jennifer Constant

Jennifer Constant was first elected to Council in 2003 and has served in this position for seven consecutive terms.  For over a decade she has actively represented her community in many areas and has worked diligently with members to deal with issues in health, social services, recreation, cultural revival, territory protection, economic development, governance and youth.

Jennifer became involved in local politics in her early 20s to advocate for youth programs, services and employment opportunities.  Constant has also been involved in the Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) Governance Process as Regional Governance Coordinator for the Wabun area.  She is active in her community as a member of the Recreation Committee and as a Trustee for Mattagami FN Trust.  Since 2002 she has been a representative of First Nation people as a member of the board for the Venture Centre in Timmins.  Jennifer is also the recipient of the 2012 Timmins Young Professionals Award (Aboriginal) which is hosted by the Timmins Chamber of Commerce.

Gary Naveau

Councillor Joseph ‘Gary’ Naveau

Councillor Gary Naveau has been involved in local leadership for many years. He brings to council plenty of experience and knowledge in First Nation administration.

He has held the position of Chief of Mattagami First Nation and he has also held the title of Councillor.

Councillor Naveau has certification as an Economic Development Officer and he worked in this position for his community for over 20 years. Over the years, he has served on numerous boards and committees and continues to do so to represent his community.



Councillor Chad Boissoneau

Councillor Chad Boissoneau brings added leadership experience to Chief and Council. He served his community as Chief for two consecutive terms in office from 2001 to 2005 and in previous years he has also sat as a Councillor.

He is an advocate for issues dealing with natural resource, environmental and ecological issues. He has many years of experience and acquired knowledge through various positions in the mining sector, the forestry sector and fisheries management. In 2013, he led the development of a Walleye Hatchery project in the community to protect and enhance the ecological health of Mattagami Lake.

Leonard Naveau

Councillor Leonard Naveau

Leonard Naveau is a community Elder who has a first hand knowledge of the traditional life of the Ojibway people. He was born and raised in a traditional setting with his family in the surrounding Mattagami Lake area. He has served on Chief and Council for many years. During his current tenure on council, he has been Councillor for five consecutive terms. He also held the position of Chief for several terms in the 1970s and in 1985. Naveau takes an active part in promoting Aboriginal culture, especially to youth. He is a founder of Beaverfest, an annual springtime festival celebrating Aboriginal trapping culture in the Mattagami area. Naveau is also involved as a traditional Elder advisor for environmental issues regarding the Hollinger Tailings Pond in Timmins.

Councillor Larry Naveau

Councillor Larry Naveau

Larry Naveau was raised in a traditional way in Mattagami First Nation and he has much knowledge in the cultural pursuits of his people. He is a key member of a team that runs the popular annual Beaverfest event as well as major Fishing Tournaments. He is a dedicated volunteer and shares his traditional knowledge and skills with the youth of Mattagami First Nation.