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PRESS RELEASE: CNACA Announces Departure of Executive Director, Gaston Cooper

Ouje-Bougoumou, QC. August 31, 2023 – The Cree Native Arts and Crafts Association (CNACA) announces the departure of Gaston Cooper, who has served as CNACA’s Executive Director for 5 years. Gaston will be stepping down from his position to take on a new role as Chief of Ouje-Bougoumou. CNACA extends its sincerest appreciation for Gaston’s dedicated leadership and accomplishments during his tenure.

Under Gaston’s guidance, CNACA achieved significant milestones, including the reopening of the Wachiya store, development of the Local Arts Committees, and many more achievements. His visionary leadership has driven the organization’s growth and impact, setting the stage for continued success in years to come.

Gaston has been an inspiring leader and a driving force behind the success of CNACA. He has led with passion, dedication, and a deep commitment to CNACA’s mission, leaving an enduring mark on our organization. As Gaston embarks on this new chapter of his career, CNACA wishes him every success in his new role as Chief of Ouje-Bougoumou.

To ensure a seamless transition, CNACA has initiated a thorough search for a new Executive Director. The organization is committed to finding a dynamic leader who will build upon the foundation laid by Gaston Cooper and guide CNACA towards even greater achievements. We are excited for the opportunities that lie ahead and are confident that our next Executive Director will continue to drive our organization’s growth and impact.

CNACA expresses its gratitude to Gaston Cooper for their exceptional service and congratulates them on his new role. The organization looks forward to celebrating his successes and maintaining a strong connection with him.


Cree Native Arts & Crafts Association

For additional information, please contact the following CNACA staff:

Dale Cooper

Communications & Marketing


Phone: 418-745-2444 ext: 3693

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