Brian Francis has 40 years of combined experience in various government positions, from the front lines to management.
He is currently in his 12th year as Chief of the Abegweit Mi'kmaw Nation, where he has helped advance social and economic development for community members. His infrastructure development work, which includes a biodiversity and enhancement hatchery, a water tower to secure safe drinking water, paving projects, and housing developments, has made a positive impact on his community.
Prior to becoming Chief, he worked as the Area Aboriginal Programs Coordinator with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans, acting as a point of contact for Prince Edward Island First Nations on fisheries related matters. Coming from a fishing family, he used his years of knowledge and firsthand experience to assist the Prince Edward Island First Nations with implementing their funding agreements.
Chief Francis’ experience with all levels of government extends beyond the public service. He was one of the formal signatories to the Canada/Prince Edward Island/Mi’kmaq Partnership Agreement and the Canada/Prince Edward Island/Mi’kmaq Consultation Agreement. He is also a member of the President’s Indigenous Advisory Council of the University of Prince Edward Island, the Executive Board of the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat, and the Fathers of Confederation Buildings Trust, as well as the co-chair of the Board of Directors of the Mi’kmaq Confederacy of PEI.
For his continuing dedication to public service and the improvement of the Indigenous and Crown relationships, Chief Brian Francis received the University of Prince Edward Island Founders Award and the Senate of Canada Sesquicentennial Medal.
Chief Francis is also a Mi’kmaq Elder and an Eagle Staff Carrier, both of which recognize his place of honour and respect within the community.