Abegweit First Nation is a small Mi’kmaq band that was established in 1972.
Abegweit First Nation is a unique band that consists of three reserves:
1) Morell Rear Reserve
2) Rocky Point Reserve
3) Scotchfort Reserve
The reserves are all separated geographically.
Abegweit is a custom band that is governed by one Chief and two Councillors that are elected every four years. The First Nation works to provide programs and services in the communities.
Chief Brian Francis was elected Chief of the Abegweit First Nation in August 2007.
Chief Francis was born September 28, 1957 in Lennox Island, Prince Edward Island. After receiving his early education in Lennox Island and Summerside, he completed four years of apprenticeship training and became a journeyman carpenter. He was the first Aboriginal person in PEI to receive his inter-provincial red seal trade certificate.
In 1983, he accepted the position as Education Coordinator with the Abegweit First Nation, providing advice and guidance to Aboriginal students. From 1983-1988, he returned to school on a part-time basis with the Maritime School of Social Work.
In 1988, he began his career with the Government of Canada when he accepted a position with the Department of Veterans Affairs in Charlottetown. He served in various capacities with the Federal Government, including eight years as Employment and Issuance Officer with Human Resources Development Canada (HRDC) and six years as an Employment Counsellor with HRDC. In 2002, he accepted the position as Aboriginal Coordinator with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and served in that position until his election as Chief and Band Administrator for Abegweit First Nation in August 2007.
Chief Francis is a strong advocate for continuing education and advanced learning. In 2005 he received his Certification in Conflict Resolution from UPEI. He believes that education expands your mind by challenging people to learn new skills and tools needed for employment by providing an opportunity to expand horizons. Chief Francis promotes education as a life achievement that fosters opportunity and potential for future success.
Chief Francis and his wife Georgina have three children, Kateri, Shawn and John Ryan. The couple resides in Rocky Point, Prince Edward Island.