Romeo Saganash originates from Waswanipi. He has been very active politically and in advocacy groups for almost 30 years. In 1985, he founded the Cree Nation Youth Council. His interest in regional economic development got him involved in many Aboriginal businesses such as Creeco Inc. and the Eeyou Society of James Bay.
His commitment and his studies in law have led him to hold important position within the Grand Council of Crees, first as Deputy Grand Chief, and then as Director of Quebec relations and international affairs. Mr. Saganash was vice-chairman of the Cree Regional Authority he also chaired the James Bay Advisory Committee on the Environment between 1997 and 2000. His duties have allowed him to develop a strong political network in Quebec and Canada.
M. Saganash was also an important part of the negotiations that led to the signing of the Paix des Braves with the Quebec government in 2002. He was also one of the negotiators for the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
Romeo Saganash is a renowned expert on many issues such as the environment, regional development, the constitution, aboriginal rights, international law and human rights.
M. Saganash wants to pursue his work and represent the people of Abitibi - Baie-James - Nunavik - Eeyou to build bridges between the communities. It is with this idea in mind that he will act as an NDP Member of Parliament. He wants to support the work of political representatives and businessmen that wish to bring new life to the region.