Charlie Angus and MPP Gilles Bisson are saddened to hear news of the passing of Mushkegowuk Grand Chief Dr. Stan Louttit. Louttit had been battling cancer.


Angus says Louttit was a great leader. “Stan worked with the entire region to improve life for everyone. He was really active in pursuing economic development opportunities that would bring wealth to Timmins-James Bay.”


Bisson says Louttit was a moral force for change. “He believed in treating everyone with respect. He knew that discussion and negotiation was the best route to finding solution.”


Angus calls Louttit more than just a leader but also a great friend. “He loved life. He loved music, the Montreal Canadiens…but most of all he loved people, and that’s something he should be remembered for.”


Stan Louttit was a member of Fort Albany First Nation but grew up in Attawapiskat and has been involved in First Nations governance for more than 25 years. In 1988, he received the Governor General Medal for Bravery for his assistance during the Winisk Flood. He also worked at the Moose Factory GeneralHospital and was chairperson of Mushkegowuk Council from 1992 to 1993.


He was twice elected as Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) deputy Grand Chief, a post he held from 1994-99. He then worked as CEO for Moose Cree First Nation. Since being elected as the Mushkegowuk Grand Chief, Louttit has served to protect the rights and interests of the seven Mushkegowuk communities.