Chief Augustine, a Mi’kmaq from New Brunswick, has been the AFN’s NB/PEI Regional Chief since 2008. He has been involved in Aboriginal and Canadian leadership, politics, and economic and social development for more than 40 years, and has served as Chief of Eel Ground First Nation, as well as Chief of Staff to Assembly of First Nations National Chief.
After earning specialized credentials from St. Francis Xavier University in Drug and Alcohol Education, he received several awards during his tenure as Chairman of National Drug and Alcohol Advisory Board. He is currently Chairman of the Rising Sun Treatment Centre at Eel Ground.
Chief Augustine is also the co-founder of the North Shore Mi’kmaq Tribal Council and the Atlantic Policy Congress – the political voice for First Nations Chiefs in Atlantic Canada. Among his most notable achievements is the instrumental role he played in 2020, bringing to conclusion the establishment of compensation for the thousands of Aboriginal children and their experience in Indian day schools.