Chief Mi'sel Joe has been involved in First Nation Politics since 1973, first as a Councilor and then in 1982, he became Traditional Saqamaw and the Newfoundland District Chief for the Mi’kmaq Grand Council. He is currently serving his 15th consecutive two year term in this position. Mi'sel Joe is also the spiritual leader of his people gaining recognition provincially, nationally, and internationally, particularly in the area of spiritual healing. He is a recognized author with 3 published literary works. He has been awarded an Honorary Doctor of Laws, from Memorial University of Newfoundland & Labrador (2004), The Queen’s Jubilee medal (2012), and the Order of Canada (2018).