Upon the election of Perry Bellegarde as national chief for the Assembly of First Nations, First Vice Chief Kim Jonathan took over as Grand Chief of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations in accordance to the organization’s charter. It is the first time a woman has held this position. “I commend and salute her and acknowledge her,” said Bellegarde. “She’s strong with a team approach.” Elections for a new grand chief, first and third vice chiefs will be held in October 2015. Until then, Jonathan is joined by Vice-Chiefs Heather Bear, Bobby Cameron and Edward Dutch Lerat to lead FSIN.