Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty Achneepineskum


Deputy Grand Chief Anna Betty AchneepineskumAnna Betty Achneepineskum is a member of Marten Falls (Ogoki Post) First Nation and has dedicated her career to improving the lives of the people of her community and Nishnawbe Aski Nation.

Armed with a dream of attaining post-secondary education, she moved her young family to Thunder Bay and achieved a diploma in business management as a single parent. She went on to serve more than 20 years with Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation in a variety of capacities in the areas of legal aid and restorative justice.

As a consultant she has worked to increase community development and has conducted numerous workshops across the NAN territory and Ontario. She has served on several boards including Matawa Tribal Council, Kiikenomaga Kikenjigewen Employment and Training Services, and the Thunder Bay Indian Friendship Centre. A proud promoter of youth champions, she is the founder of the Louis Waswa Memorial Youth Award in honour of the late NAN Elder from Eabemetoong First Nation.

Anna Betty served as Councillor for Marten Falls First Nation for two years prior to her election to the NAN Executive Council in 2015. As the portfolio holder for Justice, Women & Youth, and Community Wellness she is passionate about ensuring equitable access to justice and improving the quality of life, community wellness and safety for all NAN citizens.  She presently serves on various boards and advisory groups and most recently appointed as co-chair to the Indigenous Justice Advisory Group with the Ministry of Attorney General.

Anna Betty resides in Thunder Bay but loves spending time in the North and in NAN First Nations. She credits her six children and four grandchildren as the inspirations for her lifelong work serving the people of Nishnawbe Aski.


Portfolio and Responsibilities

Social Services

  • Aboriginal Child and Youth Strategy
  • Child and Family Services
  • 60s Scoop Class Action Lawsuit
  • Bami’awaaso – Seeds of Change Project
  • Ontario Works/Ontario Disability Review
  • Special Needs

Women and Youth

  • Women’s Council
  • Oshkaatisak Council
  • Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls
  • Family Healing
  • Feathers of Hope
  • First Nation Draw the Line Campaign
  • Life Promotion Strategy
  • Opening Doors: Economic Opportunities for Women


  • Seven First Nation Youth Inquest
  • Access to Justice
  • Inquiries and Inquests
  • Policing and Corrections

Community Wellness Initiatives

  • Crisis Response Teams Community
  • Development and Training Strategy
  • Men’s Healing Initiative
  • Residential School Issues/Impacts
  • Victim Quick Response Program

NAN Representation – Committee Participation

  1. Nishnawbe-Aski Legal Services Corporation Board
  2. Youth Justice Advisory Panel
  3. Feathers of Hope
  4. Chiefs of Ontario Safety for Our Citizens
  5. Chiefs Committee on Child and Youth Strategy
  6. Political Confederacy’s Committee on Child Welfare