“I was determined the first day I became chief, I’d be honest and trustworthy. My grandmother instilled that in me strongly. I followed that all my life.”
Allan joined the Air Force at age 19. He left after 3 years and returned to Norway House to look after his grandmother after being told the Korean War was winding down.
“I worked for the Northern Flood Committee receiving Federal funding. There was no cooperation from Manitoba Hydro. We signed an agreement in principle (Northern Flood Agreement) whereby they had made commitments but afterward, wouldn’t fulfill those commitments.”
Allan thought he’d have more influence as chief. “My task was to get everyone working together for the benefit of the community. I believe the chief should be educated, culturally experienced and reliable.”