Walpole Island Chief Dan Miskokomon Visits the St. Clair College Powerline Training Centre | St. Clair College
Tuesday, April 16, 2024
Chief Dan in front of Powerline Training Centre

Today, Chief Dan Miskokomon's of Walpole Island First Nation visited our National Powerline Training Centre at St. Clair College's Chatham campus was not just a homecoming, but a poignant reminder of the intersection between education, heritage, and community service. As a proud alumnus of St. Clair College, graduating in 1970 as a Mechanical Drafting Technician, Chief Miskokomon's journey from student to chief reflects a deep commitment to both his personal development and the advancement of his people.

During his visit, Chief Miskokomon emphasized to the students and faculty, the vital role of trades in the region, drawing attention to the significance of the lands on which powerlines are installed, lands belonging to his people. His engagement with powerline students and faculty underscored the importance of acknowledging Indigenous perspectives in vocational training and infrastructure development.

Beyond his academic achievements, Chief Miskokomon's story resonates with resilience and determination. A former member of the St. Clair College Saints Hockey team, hockey was more than a sport—it was a way of life for him. His decision to attend St. Clair College, driven by the presence of a hockey team, marked the beginning of his academic journey and paved the way for future accomplishments.

While Chief Miskokomon pursued further education at Western Michigan University and the University of Phoenix, his heart remained rooted in his community. Returning home, he dedicated himself to serving his people, initially as Walpole Island's Economic Development Planner before embarking on a distinguished political career. Elected as Chief multiple times, his leadership has been instrumental in spearheading initiatives ranging from education and infrastructure development to international trade partnerships.

Chief Miskokomon's contributions have not gone unnoticed. In 2017, he was rightfully recognized as one of St. Clair College's Alumni of Distinction, a testament to his outstanding achievements and unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those around him.

As Chief Miskokomon continues to advocate for his community and bridge cultural understanding, his journey serves as an inspiring example of the transformative power of education, perseverance, and service.

He was elected Chief for the first time in 1988 and has served many terms as Chief since his first election. He was re-elected for a two year term in September 2022.