Former Chief Jean-Paul Rankin passed away on May 20, 2012 in Pikogan, Quebec. The community will remember him for his active political and social involvement.

Rankin served on the council of this Abitibiwinni First Nation for eight years before being elected Chief on June 17, 2011. However, he resigned for personal reasons on December 14 later that year.

A council member, Rankin pushed for the further economic development of Pikogan and played a role in the successfully lobbying for the legal recognition of the community.

His funeral was held May 24 at 2:00 pm at the St. Catherine Church of Pikogan.