Chief Frank Meuse Jr's love for the outdoors led him
to the elders and the woodsmen of his community early in his life. His adventures traveling the back country by canoe started
around the age of eleven or twelve. The knowledge, both traditional and modern, made Frank Meuse a well respected person
to guide and share his teachings with others.
In 1987 Frank was elected Chief of the Bear River First
Nation and served for seven two-year terms. During his 14 years as Chief, he was able to help the community establish some
desperately needed infrastructure such as a school, health centre, cultural and heritage centre, recreational facilities and
some new housing. He also helped with a few projects such as a river restoration project, a traditional medicine trail, and
a forestry management plan for the community’s woodlot.