Characteristics of a Nation-to-Nation Relationship

Characteristics of a Nation-to-Nation Relationship,” is a five-part dialogue series to be held across Canada seeking bring together experts to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, focusing on four themes central to the relationship: Nation Building and Nation Re-Building; Jurisdiction; New Intergovernmental Fiscal Relationships; and Wealth Creation. The series will culminate in a national event that will aim to address the outcomes of the discussions that emerged, including identified themes linkages, challenges, potential results, and timelines. The dialogues and event will feature invited speakers with vested interests in Nation-to-Nation relationships. The purpose of these sessions will be to stimulate the discussion through providing a neutral environment where stakeholders can openly communicate the precursors for change.  For more information click here.

Intergovernmental Fiscal Relationships: June 5th & 6th 2017 – Toronto, Ontario
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 Sustainable revenue is essential for any government to create and deliver equitable and fair services that serve to promote the well being of its citizens. Jurisdiction is hollow without the capacity to exercise it. Comparable services across territorial jurisdictions through transfers and shared revenue has been the cornerstone of Canadian federalism, yet the same cannot be said for the fiscal relationship between Indigenous governments and the federal government, which has been based on stagnate transfers and unpredictable arrangements. There remains a clear socio-economic gap between Indigenous peoples and Canadians, resulting from the barriers created by the current construct of the fiscal relationship. Efforts have been taken to attempt to address this gap, ranging from policy frameworks to legislative regimes. A new system is needed that is feasible within the political and institutional environment, and leads to increased sustainability.

Day One

June 5, 2017

Toronto, Ontario

8:30 – 9:00 am Registration
9:00-9:30 am Opening Prayer by Elder

Remarks from Series Partners

  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, The Institute on Governance
  • Charles S. Coffey, Canadians for a New Partnership

Opening Remarks from the Province

  • Minister David Zimmer, Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation

Taking Stock of the Current Environment with below

9:30-10:30 am Taking Stock of the Current Environment

Presented by the Dialogue Co-Hosts, the Chiefs of Ontario

  • Isadore Day Grand Chief, Chiefs of Ontario

The lack of a fiscal relationship between Canada and First Nations has for many years been a barrier to economic development and promoting good governance. The federal government has committed to working to establish a new fiscal relationship that gives First Nations communities the resources to ensure wellbeing for First Nations.

The Chiefs of Ontario, the co-hosts for this dialogue, have identified a new fiscal relationship that will ensure a long-term predictable, sustainable flow of funding to communities as an urgent priority, including flowing monies associated with lifting the 2% cap.

Regional Chief Isadore Day will discuss the COO vision of the key principles of this new relationship and what is required to achieve it.

10:30 – 10:45 am Break
10:45 – 11:45 am Taking Stock of the Current Environment
Michael Ferguson, Auditor General of Canada

The Office of the Auditor General has completed many important audits of federal programs for First Nations over the years and have identified The Auditor General has identified structural impediments structural impediments that continue to hinder progress, including:

  • Lack of clarity about service levels
  • Lack of a legislative base
  • Lack of an appropriate funding mechanism, and
  • Lack of organizations to support local service delivery (2011 June Status Report)

Michael Ferguson, The Auditor General of Canada, will review some of the key findings and recommendations his office has made in respect of the funding of programs and services for First Nations.

11:45 – 1:15 pm Lunch

The Honourable Bob Rae, PC CC OOnt QC

The Honourable Bob Rae will discuss the principles that distinguish between the current financial arrangements and a new fiscal relationship, and will examine:

  • What would be included in a new legislative fiscal framework?
  • What capacity, capability and institution building are required from Indigenous governments to sustain a new fiscal relationship? What are the capacity-building activities needed to advance self-government? What has been effective?
  • What is required to support an increased contribution to the Canadian economy by Indigenous people, and how should Canada support this objective?
1:15 – 2:45 pm Framing the Issue

This opening dialogue will provide an overview of the current financial relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples, the challenges this creates for Indigenous governments, the resulting impact, and the rationale for being funded in a fashion similar to federal funding to the provincial and territorial governments for core services.Themes to be discussed include:

  • What are the differentiating principles between the current financial arrangements between the federal government and Indigenous governments and a new fiscal relationship?
  • What are the problems associated with the current funding approach of grants and contributions?
  • How does this new fiscal relationship get re-based in a way that accounts for the underfunding created by measures such as the 2% cap?
  • What is required to support an increased contribution to the Canadian economy by Indigenous people, and how should Canada be supporting this?

Moderator:

  • Scott Serson, Canadians for a New Partnership

Panel

  • Harold Calla, Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board
  • Paul Thoppil Chief Financial Officer at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
  • Wayne Wouters, PC, Strategic and Policy Advisor, McCarthy Tétrault / Former Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada
2:45 – 3:15 pm Break
3:15– 4:45 pm Challenges to the Fiscal Relationship

Indigenous governments should have a new fiscal relationship with levels of government, but what does this look like, and how should this relationship differ from those that currently exist in the Canadian federal system. This dialogue will focus on what the new fiscal relationship should look like, the feasibility in moving in this direction, and the political, institutional, and other challenges that must be confronted as a new relationship is implemented. Themes may include:

  • Are Indigenous nations empowered with the full resources they need to achieve self-government? What resources do communities need to achieve their self-governance aspirations?
  • What are the persisting barriers (legal, political, institutional) impeding a new form of relationship?
  • How does a new fiscal relationship address foreseeable challenges and risks, such as climate change or a changing economy?

Moderator:

  • Miles Richardson, Canadians for a New Partnership

Panel

  • Robert Louie, Former Chief, Westbank First Nation
  • Dave Joe, OC, former Chief Negotiator, Council of the Yukon First Nations
  • Representative from the Métis Nation of Ontario
4:45 – 6:00 pm Cocktail Reception

Day Two

June 6, 2017

Toronto, Ontario

9:00 – 9:15 am Opening Remarks
9:15 – 10:45 am Addressing the Fiscal Relationship

Working towards reducing barriers and increasing sustainability, many Indigenous governments have strengthened their fiscal stewardship and accountability regimes and developed the capacity required to actively participate in productive fiscal arrangements. Topics to be discussed include:

  • Does a nation-to-nation relationship require a transfer of fiscal powers?
  • What lessons can be learned from past experiences for envisioning new models?
  • What are the useful interim steps to support communities as a new fiscal relationship is implemented? How should the objectives and targets of a new fiscal relationship be sequenced to ensure long-term success?
  • How can a new fiscal relationship support the generation of durable local economic growth through own source revenue?

Moderator:

  • Marion Lefebvre, Senior Associate, Institute on Governance

Panel

  • Ernie Daniels, CEO of the First Nations Finance Authority
  • Celeste Haldane, Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
  • Shannin Metatawabin, CEO, National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association
10:45 – 11:00 am Break
11:00 – 12:30 pm Governance, Accountability and Transparency

The panel will discuss what institutions, arrangements, systems, and responsibilities are required to sustain a new fiscal relationship. Themes may include:

  • What is the fiscal capacity required to exercise the transfer of jurisdiction?
  • What capacity, capability and institution building are required to financially sustain the transfer of jurisdiction? What are the capacity-building activities needed to advance self-government? What has been effective?
  • How can reciprocal accountability be articulated and practiced between the parties?
  • What research and data collection and information exchange systems necessary to effectively track this new relationship?

Moderator:

  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Panel

  • Joe Miskokomon, former chief of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation
  • Stephen Kakfwi, President, Canadians for a New Partnership
12:30 – 1:30 pm Lunch Keynote

The Characteristics of a New Intergovernmental Fiscal Relationship

Ovide Mercredi, former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations

Having identified the characteristics of a new inter-governmental fiscal relationship, Ovide Mercredi, the former National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations will discuss key feature features needed to move forward, including:

  • What is the responsibility of the Crown in seeing changes take place?
  • How does the Crown reflect its fiduciary responsibility?
  • What are the steps needed to form a bridge to economic reconciliation?
1:30 – 1:45 pm Closing Remarks & Next Steps

  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, The Institute on Governance
  • Charles S. Coffey, Canadians for a New Partnership

Chelsea Hotel

33 Gerrard St W,

Toronto, ON M5G 1Z4

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Bob Rae

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

Mr. Rae was born on August 2nd 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents were Lois Esther (George) and Saul Rae. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae, a writer and speaker, and they have three children. They live in Toronto.


Charles S. Coffey

Charles S. Coffey, O.C.

Community leadership is a passion in the life of Charlie Coffey—he believes in reaching out to people in all walks of life, understanding cultures, building relationships and speaking up about issues that need a stronger voice. Coffey’s proven record and reputation in private, public and not-for-profit sectors across the country is a testament to this champion of children and early child development, young people, Indigenous peoples, women entrepreneurs and women in public office, as well as education and diversity.

The Leadership

Charlie Coffey is the chair of Kocihta; member, Association of Progressive Muslims of Canada and director, Canadians for a New Partnership.

The Career

Coffey started his 44-year career with RBC in native Woodstock, New Brunswick. He is the former executive vice president, government affairs and business development for RBC. Prior to that position, Charlie headed business banking in Canada for five years. He also led three regional headquarters: Manitoba, Metro Toronto and Ontario.

The Awards

  • Canadian Women’s International Business Initiative Award from the Canadian Embassy in the United States for RBC’s support of businesswomen
  • Award of Distinction from the Public Affairs Association of Canada
  • Humanitarian Award for Community Service from Yorktown Family Services (Toronto)
  • The Centre of Excellence for Early Childhood Development medal for exceptional contribution to early child development
  • The University of Winnipeg Duff Roblin Award for commitment to education and community
  • People for Education Egerton Ryerson Award for public education advocac

The Honours

  • The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs named Coffey an Honourary Chief for his support of First Nations, economic development and self-sufficiency.
  • Honourary Doctor of Laws degrees were conferred upon Coffey by Trent University (2006), McMaster University (2009) and Ryerson University (2011) for his contribution to society through community leadership.
  • Coffey received the Order of St. Michael for his work in support of St. Michael’s College School in Toronto.
  • Coffey was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal. Charlie Coffey is an Officer of the Order of Canada.

Ovide Mercredi

Ovide Mercredi is a Cree born in the northern community of Grand Rapids in 1946. He served his community as Chief of Misipawistik Cree Nation from 2005 to 2011. He was a councillor for three years after his term as chief.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Law degree he practiced criminal law and later specialized in constitutional law as an advisor to Manitoba Chiefs. Mercredi has worked tirelessly for the rights of First Nations people throughout Canada. He is known as a First Nations leader that speaks eloquently with great passion and clarity.

In 1989, he was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Manitoba. He became a key strategist for the Assembly during the time of the Meech Lake Accord constitutional reform discussions. He also had a strong leadership role in helping to resolve the Oka Crisis in 1990.

Ovide Mercredi was elected as National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations in 1991. During his first term he led the negotiations for the First Nations in the Charlottetown Accord. He was re-elected in 1994 and served as National Chief until 1997. He addressed the United Nations in Geneva and New York. He led a human rights delegation of Canadians to the troubled area of the Mexican state of Chiapas.

In addition to serving as a lawyer and politician he co-authored “In the Rapids: Navigating the Future of First Nations” with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 1993. He has contributed articles to other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys painting and writing poetry.

Ovide is an advocate of non-violent methods for change and travelled to India when he was nominated for the Gandhi Peace Prize. He has received honorary degrees from Bishops University, St Mary’s University, The University of Lethbridge and Athabaska University. He received the Order of Manitoba in 2005. In 2010 the Peace and Justice Studies Association awarded him their Social Courage award. In 2013 he was selected as the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Manitoba. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Manitoba. He was the National Spokesperson for Treaties 1 to 11 from 2006 to 2014, having been chosen in a traditional and customary manner. As National Chief he worked closely with Elders from all regions of Canada. As a Treaty Spokesperson, he continued his practice of seeking the advice and support of traditional Elders. Ovide served on the board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He continues to serve in the Winnipeg Boldness Project and Canadians for a New Partnership.

Ovide Mercredi is a strong believer in a positive future for all First Nations communities and recognizes the inherent strength and talents of First Nations people. He has always maintained that his people possess the answers to their needs and aspirations. To him healing can be accomplished by the simple application of traditional values such as respect and kindness.


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Dave Joe

Dave Joe Law Corporation, Whitehorse, Yukon.
Mr. Joe is the Yukon’s first Aboriginal lawyer. Both prior to and after being called to the Yukon bar in 1976, he was intimately involved with the land claim movement in the Yukon. In 1973, he was involved when Yukon First Nations convinced then Prime Minister Pierre Trudeau and then Indian Affairs Minister Jean Chretien to negotiate a modern-day treaty with Yukon First Nations. Mr. Joe was still involved 22 years later, when the first four agreements became part of the Constitution of Canada on Feb 14, 1995. Today, the recognition of Aboriginal rights is still a focus of his Whitehorse law practice. Mr. Joe was named as an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2008 “for his leadership in building stronger communities and positive relations between native and non-native peoples and in negotiating final land claims agreements for several Yukon First Nations”. He is a Southern Tutchone citizen of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations.


Stephen Kakfwi

During his professional career, Stephen Kakfwi has been and continues to be instrumental in advancing the Aboriginal land and self-government rights of the Northwest Territories Dene, Métis and Inuit. He has had a distinguished career in public government promoting Northwest Territory political, constitutional and economic development in the North, within Canada and internationally.

Kakfwi served as the President of the Dene Nation from 1983 to 1987, during which he established the Northwest Territories Dene Cultural Institute as well as Indigenous Survival International.

Mr. Kakfwi was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 1987 and served as Premier of the Northwest Territories from 2000 through 2003.

Stephen currently focuses on achieving a balanced approach to conservation and resource development in the North, focusing on community development in Aboriginal settlements.He is a senior advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative a group founded in 2013 that is helping strengthen Indigenous nationhood and the fulfillment of Indigenous cultural responsibilities to the land. ​And in 2014, he conceived of and founded Canadians for a New Partnership, a group supporting and encouraging relationship building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and currently serves as its President and CEO.

2014, he conceived of and founded Canadians for a New Partnership, a group supporting and encouraging relationship building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and currently serves as its President and CEO.

 


Isadore Day

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is from Serpent River First Nation, Ontario, which is located in the North Channel of Lake Huron.  Born in Elliot Lake and raised in the North, Regional Chief Isadore Day worked in construction, commercial fishing, and in the social services setting. Regional Chief Day’s post-secondary education consists of Social Work, Business and Public Administration and Governance. He and his partner Angela raise their girls in the North and are committed to ensuring that the North remains a key grounding in their lives. He is strong in his commitments to his community and all treaty regions.

He has been Chief of Serpent River FN since being elected in 2005. Regional Chief Day has a combined total of ten years in leadership. Public service ideas and dedication have seen him involved in various boards, committees, and volunteer positions over the past 15 yrs. With a list of diverse attributes and skills, Regional Chief Day has been welcomed at many tables to share in efforts to make constructive change for the Anishnabek and First Nations at the Regional and National level in recent years. Known as hard hitter on the issues, he has a demeanor that seeks to find ways to highlight and uplift the dignity of others.

Today, Regional Chief Day is quite active on many files in all policy sectors at the local level and provincially. His main focus at all tables with government is First Nation rights, health, social, economies, infrastructure, Quality of Life – and overall, Nationhood based on all facets of what a nation embodies. He sees political justice as being the main goal for First Nation leaders and is emphatic that the Indian Act is colonial oppression and at the root of what must change in all First Nations. He is practical with both high level policy and is a strong grassroots First Nation leader.

 


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Michael Ferguson

Michael Ferguson was appointed Auditor General of Canada on 28 November 2011. Prior to this appointment, he served in a variety of roles in the Government of New Brunswick, including five years as Comptroller, five years as Auditor General of New Brunswick, and one year as Deputy Minister of Finance and Secretary to the Board of Management.

 

 


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David Zimmer

Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation
MPP Willowdale

Political Career

  • Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, February 2013 – June 2016
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, November 2011 – February 2013
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs, November 2011 – February 2013
  • Parliamentary Assistant to the Attorney General, October 2007 – November 2011, October 2003 – September 2007

Memberships and Associations

  • Director, Canadian Institute of International Affairs
  • President, Alzheimer Society of Canada

Honours and Awards

  • Greatest Local Hero Award, Readers of the North York Town Crier
  • Award of Merit, Social Work Doctors’ Colloquium
  • Commemorative Medal, 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation

Executive Biography

David Zimmer was first elected to the Ontario legislature in 2003 as the MPP for Willowdale. He was re-elected in 2007, 2011 and 2014.

He is currently serving as Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation, and was previously Minister of Aboriginal Affairs. Prior to that, he served as Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing, the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and the Attorney General.

Before entering politics, Zimmer was chair of the Toronto Community Housing Corporation, Canada’s largest community housing provider and the second-largest in North America.

He has practised law for many years in Toronto and has served as a part-time Crown Attorney. For 10 years, Zimmer was an administrative law instructor in the Law Society’s Bar Admission Course. He has extensive experience before administrative boards and tribunals and in the civil and criminal courts. Zimmer has also served as assistant deputy chairperson at the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada.

Zimmer has served as a director of the Canadian Institute of International Affairs and president of the Alzheimer Society of Canada. In 1993, Zimmer was awarded a Commemorative Medal for the 125th Anniversary of Canadian Confederation for his significant contribution in promoting research and awareness of Alzheimer’s disease.


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Harold Calla

Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.

He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.

Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.

He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards.

Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).


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Robert Louie

Former chief, Westbank First Nations

Robert Louie, LL.B, OC, Hon. Dr. LL.B is the former Chief (24 years) of the Westbank First Nation (which is Self Governing), and has served on numerous Boards, Companies and Special Appointments with Government and private industry for over 30 years. He has extensive experience in real estate development and has focussed primarily on working for First Nations on land matters throughout Canada.

Robert is the Chairman of the First Nations Lands Advisory Board (26 years) and has been instrumental in getting First Nations into incremental self governance. Robert is also the Chairman/Director of Peace Hills Trust, which is the largest aboriginal financial institution in Canada. Robert is the Indigenous advisor representing Canada on the World Indigenous Business Forum and networks with other leaders promoting Indigenous economic development and world trade. Robert sits as a Board Member with the BC Achievement Foundation and is on the Executive Committee. Most recently, Robert has accepted the position of the Indigenous Managing Director for Dunhill Group of Companies which is involved in construction and energy power projects.

Robert is a former practicing lawyer who specialized in native law and was a summer Law Instructor at the University of Saskatchewan. He is also a former elected member of the B.C. First Nations Summit Task Group and was involved in B.C. Treaty negotiations representing First Nations.

Some of the other numerous boards and special appointments Robert has been active in include: Board of Governor member with UBC; President’s Advisory Council member with UBC-Okanagan; Board Director on the National Aboriginal Economic Development Board; President of First Nations Finance Authority Inc.; Board Director with All Nations Trust Co; one of a nine member Premier’s Advisory Council with the Premier of B.C.; Board Director on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce; Board Director and founding member with the Kelowna United Native Friendship Society.

Robert has been the recipient of many awards and distinguished presentations including: Officer of the Order of Canada; Honorary Doctor of Laws from the Justice Institute of B.C.; Lifetime B.C. Achievement Award Aboriginal Business; Distinguished Alumni Business Administration, Okanagan College; Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal; Excellence in Aboriginal Leadership from Aboriginal Financial Officers Association & Xerox Canada; Business Person of the Year, Westbank Chamber of Commerce; President’s Award, Westbank Chamber of Commerce; Recipient of Commemorative Medal for 125th Anniversary of Canada; B.C. Academic Scholarship Award.
Robert is the owner/proprietor of Indigenous World Winery, Indigenous World Spirits and Kelowna West Manufactured Home Park.


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Celeste Haldane, BA, LLB, LLM

Chief Commissioner

Celeste Haldane was appointed Chief Commissioner in April 2017. Prior to this, she served as an elected Commissioner for three two-year terms commencing in 2011.

Celeste is a practising lawyer and holds an LL.M. in Constitutional Law from Osgoode Hall Law School [York University], and an LL.B. and B.A. both from the University of British Columbia. In 2015 she began her Doctorate at UBC in Anthropology & Law.

The Provincial Government appointed her to serve on the UBC Board of Governors and the Legal Services Society. Celeste is the first Indigenous chair of the Legal Services Society. Celeste is an active member of the Canadian Bar Association and the Indigenous Bar Association. She is a 2015 alumni of the Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference.

Celeste is a member of the Sparrow family from Musqueam and is Tsimshian through Metlakatla. She previously served as the Chair of the Musqueam Land Code Committee, a member of the Intergovernmental Affairs Committee, the Housing & Capital Committee, and the Matrimonial Real Property Committee. Celeste is the proud mother of three and grandmother of two.


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The Honourable Wayne G. Wouters

Strategic and Policy Advisor

The Honourable Wayne Wouters, PC is Strategic and Policy Advisor to the firm.

Mr. Wouters brings his extensive experience and keen insight to the firm and its clients developed during his distinguished 37-year career in public service, including five years serving as the Clerk of the Privy Council of Canada. As Clerk, he held the roles of Deputy Minister to the Prime Minister, Secretary to the Cabinet and Head of the Public Service, providing direct advice and support to the Prime Minister on all issues affecting and implicating the federal Government.

During his tenure as Clerk, Mr. Wouters played a pivotal role in major Government of Canada initiatives, including public sector strategies such as Canada’s Economic Action Plan; led large and complex institutional transformations; and enhanced Canada’s international trade relations including important changes to regulatory regimes like Investment Canada. In 2013 and 2014, Mr. Wouters led Blueprint 2020 an unprecedented, national and web-enabled consultation process engaging nearly 110,000 Public Servants from coast to coast designed to capture their views and aspirations and articulate a vision for a world-class Public Service equipped to serve Canada and Canadians now and into the future.

Known for his ability to combine visionary, strategic, financial and tactical expertise in complex environments, Mr. Wouters has industry expertise in the oil and gas and natural resources, technology, telecommunications, security and projects sectors and provides advisory services to the firm’s clients. Mr. Wouters also has significant expertise in Canadian trade relations, having played a significant role in establishing the European Union-Canada trade agreement and Canada’s free trade agreement with the Republic of Korea, as well as advancing the Trans-Pacific Partnership.

From 2004 to 2009, Mr. Wouters was the Secretary of the Treasury Board where he was responsible for all government management and oversight which included more than 100 departments and agencies, 450,000 employees and an annual budget exceeding $250 billion.

As Deputy Minister, Human Resources and Skills Development from 2002 to 2004, Mr. Wouters was responsible for the government department that delivers significant social programs including employment insurance, child care and seniors pension benefits. Mr. Wouters refocused the department culture to emphasize integrated social and labour market strategies and outcomes. He also oversaw the creation and implementation of Service Canada, a multi-billion dollar network for government services and benefits.

Mr. Wouters was Deputy Minister, Fisheries and Oceans from 1997 to 2002 and Deputy Secretary, Plans and Consultations from 1994 to 1997. He began his public sector career in 1977 with the Government of Saskatchewan.

Mr. Wouters has received numerous honorariums and awards, including:

  • University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon, SK – Honorary Doctorate of Law, 2011
  • Community Builder of the Year Award, United Way Ottawa’s recognition for lifelong commitment and longstanding volunteer efforts, 2012
  • Commonwealth Association for Public Administration Management Gordon Draper Award, for lifelong contributions to the advancement of public administration management, 2012
  • Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal, 2012
  • André Mailhot Award for lifetime achievement, United Way Canada’s highest distinction, 2013
  • Inducted by the Prime Minister as a Member of a the Privy Council, 2014

Mr. Wouters is a long-time volunteer and currently serves as a Board Member of United Way Worldwide.

Mr. Wouters completed his MA, Economics at Queen’s University and his BComm, Honours (with Distinction) from the University of Saskatchewan.

Collective Governance and Wealth Creation: TBD – Halifax, Nova Scotia
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It is becoming clear that sound governance is a prerequisite for rapid improvement in the well being of communities and nations. Moreover, it is our view that sound governance is a prerequisite for improving opportunities for wealth creation among Indigenous communities and organizations, and that wealth creation is both a key support to self-determination and a facilitator of economic success for all parties. Many Indigenous groups have already, or are currently, engaged in strengthening and maintaining their own governance structures to facilitate wealth generation.

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National Event: September 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario
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The four dialogues will culminate in a national event that will aim to bring together all stakeholders to address the outcomes of the discussions that emerged, including identified themes linkages, challenges, potential results, and timelines. The IOG believes that this event, supported by the past dialogues, will assist in providing the opportunity for all parties to convene and begin establishing the foundation required for addressing a new framework for a renewed relationship.

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Jurisdiction: April 25th & 26th 2017 – Vancouver, British Columbia
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Canada’s legal and constitutional framework has been a fundamental element in defining and shaping the relationship between Canada and Indigenous peoples. As the legal framework has evolved, from the Royal Proclamation to Section 35, so too has the nature and expression of modern jurisdictional relationships.  This can be seen in the judicial assertion of rights as the primary option, which often leads to lengthy litigation resulting in a legal relationship built on reaction and conflict. While the Constitution and legislation have provided opportunities for advancement, there remain impediments related to the achievement of self-government, cooperation, imagination and political will. Further foundational changes are required to develop new conceptions of jurisdiction under a renewed nation-to-nation relationship built on trust and respect.

Day One

Vancouver, British Columbia

1:00 – 1:30 pm Registration
1:30 – 2:15 pm Opening Remarks / Welcome to the Territory – Kwes’Kwestin James Kew – Musqueam First Nation and
Opening Remarks from the Institute on Governance & Canadians for a New PartnershipThe event will begin with introductory remarks, an overview of the first dialogue: Nation Building and Nation Rebuilding, intentions for running the series, and highlights of the thematic papers that will be produced.
2:15 – 3:30 pm Taking Stock of the Current EnvironmentThe discussion will be framed through both a historical overview of the Canadian legal framework, the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples and the Truth & Reconciliation Commission findings, the latter two of which made recommendations on the nature of jurisdiction, as well as identified the requirements for moving forward into the future.Speakers:

  • Ovide Mercredi, Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
  • The Honourable Murray Sinclair, Canadian Senator for Manitoba, Chair of the Indian Residential Schools Truth and Reconciliation Commission
3:30 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 – 5:00 pm Conceptualizing JurisdictionBeyond case-by-case recognition of rights and subsequent impact to moving forward, collectively envisioning the construction of authority is more complex. Diverse peoples with unique traditions, territories and aspirations call for a flexible, innovative approach. This panel will engage in a discussion of inclusive and collaborative concepts required to define the fundamental components of jurisdiction. What jurisdictions are Indigenous governments seeking? Which do they see as exclusive? Which would be shared? Topics may include:

  • Individual and collective assertions of jurisdiction
  • The evolving notion of citizenship
  • Territorial and jurisdiction in an urban setting

Moderator:

  • The Honourable Mr. Justice Harry Slade, QC, Chairperson, Specific Claims Tribunal Canada

Panel:

  • Paul L.A.H. Chartrand, form Commissioner, Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples
  • Harold Calla, Executive Chair, First Nations Financial Management Board
  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Reception

6:30 – 9:00 pm Remarks

  • Keith Harper, former US Ambassador to the United Nations Human Rights Council
  • Hosted by Miles Richardson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership

Dinner


Day Two

Vancouver, British Columbia

8:00 – 8:30 am
Breakfast
8:30 – 9:00 am Opening Remarks & Overview of Day One
9:00 – 10:15 am Jurisdiction in PracticeThere have been different avenues through which Indigenous communities have asserted their jurisdiction. A panel of leaders will discuss their experiences and the challenges and changes that have been faced by Indigenous governments, peoples and communities. Speakers will provide valuable lessons learned in jurisdictional development and how to evolve towards the next phase of a renewed relationship. Concepts that will be explored include:

  • Nature of the inherent right to self-government
  • Application of the principles of modern governance in the context of asserting jurisdiction

Moderator:

  • Marion Lefebvre, Senior Associate, Institute on Governance

Panel:

  • Dave Joe, OC, former Chief Negotiator, Council of the Yukon First Nations
  • Peter Lantin, President, Council of the Haida Nation
  • Michael Hudson, Lead, Task Force on Constitutional Relations with Indigenous Nations
10:15 –10:30 am Break
10:30 – 11:45pm Jurisdiction in Practice There have been different avenues through which Indigenous communities have asserted their jurisdiction within the modern framework. A panel of leaders will discuss their experiences and the challenges and changes that have been faced by Indigenous governments, peoples and communities. Speakers will provide valuable lessons learned in jurisdictional development and how to evolve towards the next phase of a renewed relationship. Concepts that will be explored include:

  • Exercising Jurisdiction outside of Territory
  • Challenges in exercising Jurisdiction
  • Treatment of citizens beyond territory

Moderator:

  • Marion Lefebvre, Senior Associate, Institute on Governance

Panel:

  • Ginger Gosnell-Myers, Aboriginal Relations Manager, City of Vancouver
  • Mike Mitchell, former Akwasasne Grand Chief
  • Wayne Christian, Tribal Chief, Shuswap Nation Tribal Council
11:45 – 12:30 pm Lunch Served
12:30 – 1:45 pm Intergovernmental RelationshipsIntergovernmental relationships are important in any governance system, and especially so in a federation like Canada. As Indigenous Peoples develop a jurisdictional framework to assert their collective rights, the stakes for all Canadians to get these relationships on a sound footing become only greater. We have seen the relationship between Indigenous communities and the federal and provincial as well as territorial governments evolve rapidly, and the interaction between local governments and Indigenous peoples has also increased and become more complex. Understanding and reconciling these interconnected relationships is critical as all parties seek to establish a renewed nation-to-nation relationship. Panellists will be asked to consider the requirements for an effective network of intergovernmental relationships within Canada’s federal system, and how this needs to be reconciled to take into account the special place of Indigenous peoples in Canada? Themes to be addressed may include:

  • Structures and systems required to define decision making and render accountability in a renewed jurisdictional framework
  • Building a framework with consideration to the Canadian federal system
  • Principles of division of powers and exclusive/shared responsibility
  • Methods to formalize inter-governmental relationships
  • Requirement for recognizing the need for new relations
  • Duty of the federal government to maintain a relationship with modern treaty nations

Moderator:

  • Scott Serson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership

Panel:

  • Marc LeClair, President, LeClair Infocom Inc.
  • Stephen Kakfwi, President, Canadians for a New Partnership
  • Sophie Pierre, OC OBO, former Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission
1:45 – 2:00 pm Break
2:00 – 3:15 pm First Nation Authority and Decision MakingUsing their experiences in First Nation authority and decision making, panellists may discuss the following themes:

  • The federal government’s responsibility to support First Nation authority and decision-making
  • Capacity and the operation of self-government
  • Enabling mechanisms and steps towards full assertion of jurisdiction

Panel:

  • Doug Kelly, Grand Chief, Chairman of the First Nations Health Council
  • Marilyn Slett, Chief Councillor, Heiltsuk Nation
  • Chief Dr. Roger William, Chief of the Xeni Gwet’in First Nation and Vice Chair of the Tsilhqot’in National Government
3:15 – 4:30 pm Next StepsHaving identified the desired shared outcomes, and the required governance, this dialogue will explore the changes that need to take place in order for those aspects to come to fruition.Speakers:

  • Ovide Mercredi, Former National Chief, Assembly of First Nations
  • Miles Richardson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership
 4:30 – 4:45 pm  Session Closing Remarks & Next Steps Territorial Protocol

Coast Coal Harbour Hotel


1180 W Hastings St, Vancouver, BC V6E 4R5

Harold

Harold Calla

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.

He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.

Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.

He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards.

Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).


Paul-LChartrand

Paul Chartrand

Paul L.A.H. Chartrand, I.P.C., (Indigenous Peoples Counsel of Canada’s Indigenous Bar Association), B.A.(Hons)(Wpg), LL.B.(Hons) QUT Australia, LL.M. (Sask), Teach.Cert.(MB) Canadian Who’s Who, 1992-2009, The Native North American Almanac 1994, 2001 ed.

Barrister & Solicitor, Professor of Law (retired), resides in his home community of St Laurent, one of the original Metis villages involved in the administration of the Metis Settlement Scheme in the Manitoba Act 1870 for the extinguishment of the Indian title in the province. He is one of twelve children in one of the founding families of the fishing and trapping community along Lake Manitoba.

Professor Chartrand has held university appointments in Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States. The author of numerous publications, he specializes in international, comparative and domestic law and policy of states respecting indigenous peoples, and was a representative and advisor in the deliberations leading to the adoption of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. He was a senior advisor in the national First Ministers Conferences on Aboriginal Constitutional Reform in the 1980s and was appointed as one of the four Aboriginal commissioners on Canada’s Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (1991-96). He served as a founding member of Canada’s Aboriginal Healing Foundation and as one of two commissioners on Manitoba’s Aboriginal Justice Implementation Commission (1999-2001).
Paul was a ‘dual national’ in baseball and ice hockey in Australia, and is a member of Saskatoon’s Sports Hall of Fame as a member of the national champion Saskatoon Patrick Liners and is also a member of Manitoba’s Baseball Hall of Fame.


 

Maryantonett-Flumian

Maryantonett Flumian

As the President of the Institute On Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.

She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett spent the last three years at the University of Ottawa initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.

Maryantonett received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in history and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in the same subject at the University of Ottawa. She sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program.


Ginger-Gosnell-Myers

Ginger Gosnell-Myers

Ginger Gosnell-Myers – of Nisga’a and Kwakwak’awakw heritage is passionate about advancing Aboriginal rights and knowledge, while breaking down barriers between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal people.

Ginger is the City of Vancouver’s first Aboriginal Relations Manager where she is central to advancing Vancouver as the world’s first official City of Reconciliation, and is working across all City departments to bridge Aboriginal policies, programs and relations. Key to this work is implementing the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions Calls to Action, and strengthening the relationship between local First Nations, the urban Aboriginal community, and Reconciliation Canada.

Throughout 2008-2011 Ginger worked on the Environics Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study as both Project Manager and Public Engagement Director. The UAPS is Canada’s largest research study on Aboriginal people living in urban environments, and has become the leading research on urban Aboriginal people’s values, aspirations, experiences, and identity. In 2010 the UAPS received the Public Policy Impact Award by the Marketing Research and Intelligence Association, and the IPAC/Deloitte Public Sector Leadership Award for not for profit organizations.

She has facilitated and spoken at several provincial, national and international events, including the International Indigenous Women & Wellness Conference, the Senate Standing Committee on Aboriginal Peoples, and the United Nations Permanent Forum of Indigenous Peoples. Her commitment to advancing Aboriginal issues led her to work as the Western Assistant to the late and former Minister of Indian and Northern Affairs Development Andy Scott, advising the Minister on issues pertaining to BC and Alberta.

Ginger is featured in the inspirational book: Notes from Canada’s Young Activists: A Generation Stands up for Change (2007). In 2012 as part of the CBC documentary series “8th Fire”, Ginger was highlighted and profiled for her views on Aboriginal issues and relations in Canada. Ginger is an Action Canada 2004 Fellow, former Co-Chair to the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, former President of Urban Native Youth Association, and sits as a Board of Director for the Inspirit Foundation.


Marion Lefebvre

Marion Lefebvre is Senior Associate with the Institute. Her focus is on building partnerships with aboriginal, academic and government organizations that expand the IOG’s reach in delivering purpose designed advice, solutions and learning opportunities for aboriginal, public and private sector clients.

Marion has over thirty years of experience in aboriginal and public governance policy and issue management both in the public and private sectors. She has undertaken negotiations for the federal government and corporate clients on numerous resource, environmental, management and economic development agreements with aboriginal groups throughout Canada. As well, she has assisted numerous federal departments in developing and implementing aboriginal consultation policies, conducted policy development in the areas of claims negotiation and policy, capital management and governance.

Marion has also  worked  closely with numerous  Aboriginal organizations  on a myriad of economic development ,treaty, resource management and governance  measures. In a broader context, she has also had extensive experience in providing senior level strategic planning, policy making and program implementation and evaluation advice to federal departments, provinces, territorial and First Nation governments.


Keith M. Harper

Ambassador Keith M. Harper was nominated by President Obama to serve as the Representative of the United States to the United Nations Human Rights Council. He was confirmed by the U.S. Senate on June 4, 2014.

Previously, Mr. Harper was a partner at the law firm of Kilpatrick Townsend & Stockton LLP, where he was chair of the Native American Practice Group. He currently serves as a Member on the President’s Commission on White House Fellowships. Previously, Mr. Harper served as Senior Staff Attorney for the Native American Rights Fund from 1995 to 2006. From 2007 to 2008, he served as a Supreme Court Justice on the Supreme Court of the Poarch Band of Creek Indians, and from 2001 to 2007, he served as an Appellate Justice on the Mashantucket Pequot Tribal Court. From 1998 to 2001, he was an adjunct professor at the Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law, and from 1999 to 2001, he was a Professorial Lecturer at the American University Washington College of Law. Mr. Harper was a Law Clerk to the Honorable Lawrence W. Pierce on the Second Circuit of the United States Court of Appeals. He began his career as a Litigation Associate with Davis, Polk & Wardwell in New York. He is a member of the Cherokee Nation of Oklahoma. He received a B.A. from the University of California, Berkeley and a J.D. from New York University School of Law.


Michael-Mitchell

Michael Mitchell

Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell is one of the most respected First Nations leaders in Canada. Born in Akwesasne and raised by a traditional family, Kanentakeron had the benefit of a strong cultural and spiritual upbringing. Fluent in the Mohawk language, Kanentakeron has successfully applied traditional diplomatic skills in solving today’s challenges to First Nations on local, regional and national levels in all areas of development and renewal.

For three decades, Kanentakeron has served his people in a political capacity as Chief and Grand Chief in one of most volatile, yet progressive First Nations communities in Canada. His vision to help restore the independence of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne is based on applying the best of both Haudenoshaunee Philosophy and modern democratic government systems.

During the late sixties and early seventies, Kanentakeron was involved in the conquest to retrieve the Islands that were owned by the Mohawks of Akwesasne. However, was leased out by the department of Indian Affairs, under a 9999 year lease. During this period Kanentakeron organized an international bridge blockade that challenged Canada to restore the border crossing rights of First Nations under the Jay Treaty. In 1970, Kanentakeron was elected to council as District chief for a two year term. Kanentakeron did not get involved in politics for another ten years.

During this period there were ongoing skirmishes, between the elected system supporters and the traditional followers of the longhouse. Years later, Kanentakeron would be asked to return to the elective system government and initiate changes that would bring the power of decision making back to the community.

In 1982, Kanentakeron was re-elected as a District Chief to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne representing Cornwall Island. In 1984 he became the Grand Chief of MCA, then with a membership population of 10,000. He held the position until 2002 when he retired from 20 years in politics. In the summer of 2003, the community brought him out of retirement to again serve as District Chief of Cornwall Island for one more term, after to which he resumed his position as Grand Chief until 2006, where the population had increased to 14,000. In 2009 Kanentakeron returned back to his position as Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and held this position until 2015. When he decided to take a break from politics, to continue working on his book on Nation Building.

Prior to politics, Kanentakeron has also worked as an Ironworker (Local 440), film maker (National Film Board) and Director of Cultural Education at the North American Indian Traveling College.


Sophie-Pierre

Sophie Pierre

Sophie Pierre is Ktunaxa, born in Cranbrook, B.C. She served her community of ‘Aqam (the St. Mary’s Indian Band) of the Ktunaxa Nation for 30 years, 26 as elected Chief, and was the administrator of the Ktunaxa/Kinbasket Tribal Council for 25 years. She also served as the tribal chair of the Ktunaxa Nation Council, chairperson of the First Nations Finance Authority, president of St. Eugene Mission Holdings Ltd. and is presently the co-chair of the International Advisory Committee to the Indigenous Nations Institute for Leadership, Management, and Policy for the University of Arizona. Sophie Pierre was appointed Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commission from April 2009 to 2015 by agreement of the governments of Canada and British Columbia and the First Nations Summit. She has also served on numerous boards and committees; local, regional, provincial, national and international.

In 2009, Ms. Pierre had a featured article in Canada’s Truth & Reconciliation publication, “Response, Responsibility & Renewal”. The article, “Nee Eustace; The Little Girl Who would be Chief” leads through her life at residential school culminating in transforming the former school into a 4 star premium resort hotel and golf course.

Sophie was recognized with the Order of Canada in 2016. She also received the Order of British Columbia in 2002 and the National Aboriginal Achievement Award in the business category in 2003. During her tenure as chief commissioner, Sophie Pierre was awarded two honorary Doctorates of Law—in 2010 from the University of Canada West and in 2012 from the University of British Columbia.

Her dedication to the cause of the Ktunaxa people and other First Nations in British Columbia and Canada is demonstrated through her life-long commitment to the recognition of the rightful place of First Nations in Canadian Society.
Sophie now spends her time as an elder advisor to her community and to the Ktunaxa Nation.


Scott-Serson

Scott Serson

Scott Serson retired from the position of President of the Public Service Commission in November 2003. Mr. Serson began his career as a guidance counselor in the not-for-profit sector followed by a rich and varied career of over thirty years in the public service. After serving in a range of senior executive positions, including Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, General Director at the Department Finance, Associate Deputy Minister at Health Canada, and Deputy Minister at Human Resources Development Canada, he was appointed Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development in 1995.

A recipient of the Public Service Outstanding Achievement Award, he was appointed President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) in July 1999 and led the Commission through a period of human resource modernization. During this time he was also one of the Champions for Values and Ethics in the Public Service.

Mr. Serson holds a BA in Sociology from Carleton University and is a member of the Audit Committee of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency and the Advisory Committee of the Carleton Centre on Values and Ethics. He was also a member of the Auditor General’s Advisory Committee on Aboriginal Issues. Mr. Serson was the former chair of the IOG’s Board of Directors.


The Honourable Murray Sinclair

Senator Sinclair served the justice system in Manitoba for over 25 years. He was the first Aboriginal Judge appointed in Manitoba and Canada’s second.

He served as Co-Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Inquiry in Manitoba and as Chief Commissioner of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As head of the TRC, he participated in hundreds of hearings across Canada, culminating in the issuance of the TRC’s report in 2015. He also oversaw an active multi-million dollar fundraising program to support various TRC events and activities, and to allow survivors to travel to attend TRC events.

Senator Sinclair has been invited to speak throughout Canada, the United States and internationally, including the Cambridge Lectures for members of the Judiciary of various Commonwealth Courts in England.

He served as an adjunct professor of law at the University of Manitoba. He was very active within his profession and his community and has won numerous awards, including the National Aboriginal Achievement Award, the Manitoba Bar Association’s Equality Award (2001) and its Distinguished Service Award (2016) and has received Honorary Doctorates from 8 Canadian universities. Senator Sinclair was appointed to the Senate on April 2, 2016.

 


Miles G. Richardson

Miles G. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1979. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Haida Nation.

Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force. From 1991 to 1993, he was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, which is an executive body representing First Nations in BC. In October 1995, Richardson was nominated by the Summit and appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission. He was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was reappointed in November 2001.

In 2007, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, Richardson owns and operates his own business providing strategic advice on relationship building and business development between First Nations and the private sector; First Nations governance development; and sustainability policy and business development. Richardson is also the Director for the Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at the University of Victoria.

 


Marilyn Slett

Marilyn Slett is a member of the Heilsuk Nation and is serving her ninth year as elected chief councillor.  Marilyn has served two consecutive terms as an elected tribal councillor and is a former executive director of the Heilsuk Tribal Council. She has completed the certificate in the administration of indigenous governments and diploma in public sector management with the University of Victoria.  Her regional representation includes current President of the Coastal First Nations/Great Bear Initiative and is the British Columbia Assembly of First Nations Women’s Representative on the National Assembly of First Nations Women’s Council.

 


Ovide Mercredi

Ovide Mercredi is a Cree born in the northern community of Grand Rapids in 1946. He served his community as Chief of Misipawistik Cree Nation from 2005 to 2011. He was a councillor for three years after his term as chief.

A graduate of the University of Manitoba with a Law degree he practiced criminal law and later specialized in constitutional law as an advisor to Manitoba Chiefs. Mercredi has worked tirelessly for the rights of First Nations people throughout Canada. He is known as a First Nations leader that speaks eloquently with great passion and clarity.

In 1989, he was elected Regional Chief of the Assembly of First Nations for Manitoba. He became a key strategist for the Assembly during the time of the Meech Lake Accord constitutional reform discussions. He also had a strong leadership role in helping to resolve the Oka Crisis in 1990.

Ovide Mercredi was elected as National Chief for the Assembly of First Nations in 1991. During his first term he led the negotiations for the First Nations in the Charlottetown Accord. He was re-elected in 1994 and served as National Chief until 1997. He addressed the United Nations in Geneva and New York. He led a human rights delegation of Canadians to the troubled area of the Mexican state of Chiapas.

In addition to serving as a lawyer and politician he co-authored “In the Rapids: Navigating the Future of First Nations” with Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond in 1993. He has contributed articles to other publications. In his spare time, he enjoys painting and writing poetry.

Ovide is an advocate of non-violent methods for change and travelled to India when he was nominated for the Gandhi Peace Prize. He has received honorary degrees from Bishops University, St Mary’s University, The University of Lethbridge and Athabaska University. He received the Order of Manitoba in 2005. In 2010 the Peace and Justice Studies Association awarded him their Social Courage award. In 2013 he was selected as the Distinguished Alumni of the University of Manitoba. He is currently a Senior Advisor to the President of the University of Manitoba. He was the National Spokesperson for Treaties 1 to 11 from 2006 to 2014, having been chosen in a traditional and customary manner. As National Chief he worked closely with Elders from all regions of Canada. As a Treaty Spokesperson, he continued his practice of seeking the advice and support of traditional Elders. Ovide served on the board of the Heart and Stroke Foundation of Canada, and the Winnipeg Art Gallery. He continues to serve in the Winnipeg Boldness Project and Canadians for a New Partnership.

Ovide Mercredi is a strong believer in a positive future for all First Nations communities and recognizes the inherent strength and talents of First Nations people. He has always maintained that his people possess the answers to their needs and aspirations. To him healing can be accomplished by the simple application of traditional values such as respect and kindness.


Stephen Kakfwi

During his professional career, Stephen Kakfwi has been and continues to be instrumental in advancing the Aboriginal land and self-government rights of the Northwest Territories Dene, Métis and Inuit. He has had a distinguished career in public government promoting Northwest Territory political, constitutional and economic development in the North, within Canada and internationally.

Kakfwi served as the President of the Dene Nation from 1983 to 1987, during which he established the Northwest Territories Dene Cultural Institute as well as Indigenous Survival International.

Mr. Kakfwi was elected to the Legislative Assembly of the Northwest Territories in 1987 and served as Premier of the Northwest Territories from 2000 through 2003.

Stephen currently focuses on achieving a balanced approach to conservation and resource development in the North, focusing on community development in Aboriginal settlements.He is a senior advisor to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative a group founded in 2013 that is helping strengthen Indigenous nationhood and the fulfillment of Indigenous cultural responsibilities to the land. ​And in 2014, he conceived of and founded Canadians for a New Partnership, a group supporting and encouraging relationship building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and currently serves as its President and CEO.

2014, he conceived of and founded Canadians for a New Partnership, a group supporting and encouraging relationship building between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples, and currently serves as its President and CEO.


Michael Hudson

Michael Hudson filled many leadership roles over his 32 year career with the Department of Justice. His main focus has been Crown/Indigenous relations, and coincided with the dynamic evolution of Canadian law related to Indigenous peoples driven by section 35 in the Constitution.

He was intimately involved with every major development in the federal government’s relations with Indigenous peoples – the 1980s constitutional conferences, the negotiation of early self-government arrangements, the events at Oka in 1990, litigation about section 35, the federal response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, the federal policy on the inherent right to self-government, efforts to modernize the Indian Act, modern treaty negotiations and implementation, implementing the Crown’s Duty to Consult, the federal response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

His expertise is drawn upon by other States and international organisations, including the negotiation, adoption and now implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples. In 2015, the Government of Canada sent him to work for the Government of Australia. While there, he was special advisor to the Australian Prime Minister’s department on amending their Constitution to recognize Aboriginal and Torres Islander people as the First Peoples of Australia.

Since his return to Canada in early 2016, he has led the Department of Justice’s Task Force on Constitutional Relations with Indigenous Nations. Their primary task has been articulating the legal underpinnings of nation-to-nation relations within Canada’s current legal and constitutional order. A related task has been identifying opportunities to translate the concept into practical, but meaningful, changes in interactions with indigenous peoples, their rights and interests.


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 Peter Lantin

Kil tlaats’ gaa, Peter Lantin was first elected President of the Haida Nation in 2012 and was re-elected in December 2015 for a second 3-year term. The Council of the Haida Nation is the political body of the Haida nation. As the primary spokesperson on behalf of the Haida Nation, kil tlaats’gaa is responsible for fulfilling the Council of the Haida Nation’s mandate, which is to “strive for full independence, sovereignty and self-sufficiency of the Haida Nation”.

With over 20 years’ experience in governance and administration, kil tlaats’gaa has served as chairman of the Gwaii Trust Society, an $80-million community trust fund, and Chief Operating Officer of Tricorp (Tribal Resources Investment Corporation) for 7 years. He will be sharing the historical and continued successes of the Haida Nation as they strive for full control of Haida Gwaii, including the land, sea and air.

kil tlaats’gaa is 42 years old and calls Old Massett, Haida Gwaii home with his two daughters, Taylor and Brooklyn.


Grand Chief Doug Kelly

An elected Tribal Chief since 2004 and President of the Stó:lō Tribal Council, Grand Chief Doug Kelly is the Chair of the First Nations Health Council (FNHC). The FNHC is responsible for overseeing the new First Nations health governance structure and the implementation of the Tripartite First Nations Health Plan.

Grand Chief Doug Kelly has served as Soowahlie Chief for eight years, and as Tribal Chief and officer for the Stó:lō Tribal Council for 12 years. He served on the First Nations Summit Political Executive for four years and as the founding Chair of the BC First Nations Fisheries Council for two years. Grand Chief Doug Kelly was also a founding member of the BC Treaty Commission for one year. He has served as Chair of the First Nations Health Council since June 2010.

Grand Chief Doug Kelly has 13 years of experience in senior management positions, including senior leadership roles with the First Nations Chiefs’ Health Committee, Stó:lō Nation, and Stó:lō Tribal Council. The Grand Chief has also led the development of Health, Child Welfare, and other programs including fisheries and economic development.

Grand Chief Doug Kelly is married, with a blended family of six adult children and seven grandchildren. He resides on the Soowahlie Indian Reserve located near Cultus Lake, BC.


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The Honourable Justice Harry Slade

Justice Slade was initially appointed to the Specific Claims Tribunal on November 27, 2009. He was appointed Chairperson on December 11, 2009, and re-appointed to the Tribunal, as Chairperson, for a five-year term commencing November 27, 2010. He has since been re-appointed Chairperson for two consecutive five-year terms, the most recent of which commenced on December 11, 2015.

The Chairperson’s role includes hearing Specific Claims brought before the Tribunal and assigning other members to hear claims.

Justice Slade was admitted to the Bar of British Columbia in 1974. His primary area of practice as a lawyer was Aboriginal Law. He has extensive experience in Specific Claims negotiation, including the British Columbia cut-off claims. He was active in the advancement of Aboriginal rights issues. His work included intergovernmental relations among First Nations, Canada and Provinces, including Treaty processes, self-government initiatives, and commercial development of reserve lands. As a lawyer, Justice Slade also worked with First Nations on ventures in forestry, fishing, and energy resource development. He practiced law at Ratcliff & Company, a North Vancouver, British Columbia, law firm with an extensive aboriginal and environmental law practice.

Justice Slade was appointed Queen’s Counsel in 1998 and became a Justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court in March 2001.


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Wayne Christian

Wayne M. Christian is of Secwepemc ancestry. He is a proud father of seven children and twenty-five Grandchildren. Kukpi7 (Chief) Christian was re-elected for his 6th consecutive 2 -year terms as Chief of Splatsin January 5th 2016. Kukpi7 Christian has worked for over 30 years in establishing healing and health systems for the Indigenous Nations of BC. Christian is currently the Tribal Chief of the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council representing 9 of the 17 communities of the Secwepemc Nation with responsibilities’ in Child Welfare and Aboriginal Title and Rights.

One of Christian’s greatest strengths is commitment that is firmly rooted in the values, principles and traditions of the Indigenous Nations. His leadership philosophy is based on inclusiveness, historical perspective, a strong belief in our Sovereign land title and rights that are governed by our laws, our values, culture, traditions and our connection with all of creation, he believes strongly that the solutions to the issues in the communities are rooted in the minds, hearts and spirits of the People who will deal with the Government’s legislative genocide.

He is known as a tireless and passionate advocate for recognition of Aboriginal Title and Rights at the political and grassroots levels for the Indigenous Nations and communities, he believes that the children are our future and the future is right now. Whatever it takes the time is now.

“Our old people say, “How are we to live? If the government takes our food from us they must give us other food in its place.” Conditions of living have been thrust on us which we did not expect, and which we consider in great measure unnecessary and injurious. We have no grudge against the white race as a whole nor against the settlers, but we want to have an equal chance with them of making a living. We welcome them to this country. It is not in most cases their fault. They have taken up and improved and paid for their lands in good faith. It is their government which is to blame by heaping up injustice on us. But it is also their duty to see their government does right by us, and gives us a square deal. We condemn the whole policy of the B.C. government towards the Indian tribes of this country as utterly unjust, shameful and blundering in every way. We denounce same as being the main cause of the unsatisfactory condition of Indian affairs in this country and of animosity and friction with the whites. So long as what we consider justice is withheld from us, so long will dissatisfaction and unrest exist among us, and we will continue to struggle to better ourselves” MEMORIAL TO SIR WILFRID LAURIER, PREMIER OF THE DOMINION OF CANADA
From the Chiefs of the Shuswap, Okanagan and Couteau Tribes of British Columbia
Presented at Kamloops, B.C. August 25, 1910


Marc LeClair

Marc LeClair has over 30 years of experience working with local, provincial and national Aboriginal organizations as well as the federal and provincial governments. Mr. LeClair has worked extensively with the private sector in the development of Aboriginal engagement strategies focussing on procurement, employment and community relations. Mr. LeClair participated in the Aboriginal Constitutional Conferences in the 1980’s, the Charlottetown Accord process and in the Kelowna Accord processes.


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Dr. Roger William

Chief Of The Xeni Gwentin And Vice Chair Of The Tsilhqot’in National Government

I am Xeni Gwet’in Tsilhqot’in membership, and lived all my life in Nemiah Valley (Xeni). I was raised on Ranch in Xeni, have been around cattle and rode horses all my life. I hunt, fish, and I gather berries and medicinal plants within the Xeni Gwet’in Care Taker Areas and Tsilhqot’in Territories.

Work History
Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government:

  • Chief, 2013 to present;
  • Councillor, 2010 to 2013;
  • Chief, 1991 to 2008;
  • Councillor, 1988 to 1991

Tsilhqot’in National Government:
Tsilhqot’in Stewardship Director 2008 to 2010

Major Achievements
June 26, 2014: Declaration of Tsilhqot’in Title by the Supreme Court of Canada in title case known as the William Case

  • I worked on this case in my capacity as Xeni Gwet’in First Nations Government Councillor and Chief and also as Tsilhqot’in National Government’s Tsilhqot’in Lands & Stewardship Director.

2010-2013: Protecting Tsilhqot’in Culture from mining at Fish Lake

Xeni Gwet’in community development:
1991:      Formation of Nemiah Valley Stockmen’s Association (NVSA) where Xeni Gwet’in Ranchers started pay Range Fee’s to NVSA;
1991:      Formation of Xeni Gwet’in Enterprises for heavy duty equipment and maintenance of infrastructure such as roads, water, sewage and ditches;
1995:      Formation of Xeni Gwet’in Tsilhqot’in Immersion School at Nemiah Valley;
1999:      Transfer of Health Agreement with Health Canada signed, creating ?Eniyud Health Services at Nemiah Valley, moved into new Health Building in year 2000;
1999:      Formation of Charlene William Daycare at Nemiah Valley;
1999:      Worked with other Tsilhqot’in Chiefs to start an annual Lhats’as?in Memorial Day celebration to commemorate the hanging of the Six Tsilhqot’in Chiefs on October 26th, 1849;

Nation Building and Nation Re-Building: February 16-17, 2017 – Ottawa, Ontario
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Governance within the Crown and Indigenous communities will need to come together to shape, evolve, build and grow in respectful partnership. Indigenous nations will need to be defined and legitimized by communities so that they can engage with government and institutions. Nations may also form an aggregate, or collective consciousness, whereby services, programs and fiscal arrangements can be delivered to the individual jurisdictions transparently and effectively. Most importantly, this will involve a change in approach that breaks down the existing foundations and rebuilds a new framework with ongoing mechanisms for relationship and institutional development.

Day One

February 16, 2017

Ottawa, Ontario

1:00 – 1:30 pm Registration
1:30 – 2:15 pm Opening Prayer by Elder / Welcome to the Algonquin Territory-Opening Remarks from the Institute on Governance and Co-Host

  • Institute on Governance – Maryantonett Flumian, President 
  • Canadians for a New Partnership – Miles Richardson, Board Member

The event will begin with introductory remarks and an overview of the series, including intentions for running the series and highlights of the thematic papers that will be produced. Overall, key questions that will set the stage for launching the series will include:

  • Why is this key to making Canada whole?

Why is this a critical governance issue of our day? How can active participation by all levels of government, all aspects of Indigenous Canada and civil society be best convened?

2:15 – 3:30 pm Taking Stock of the Current Environment

To bring about this fundamental change, Canadians need to understand that Aboriginal peoples are nations. That is, they are political and cultural groups with values and lifeways distinct from those of other Canadians. They lived as nations – highly centralized, loosely federated, or small and clan-based – for thousands of years before the arrival of Europeans.”

- RCAP Commissioners, 1996 (Highlights from the report of the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples)

We can see a period of transition currently in many communities who are prepared to challenge and break the status quo. Governments and Indigenous peoples will need to come together to shape, evolve, build and grow in respectful partnership. Indigenous nations will need to be defined and legitimized by communities so that they can engage with government and institutions. 

  • Keynote address by Clément Chartier, President, Métis National Council
  • Keynote address by Isadore Day, Assembly of First Nations, Regional Chief, Ontario
3:30 – 3:45 pm Break
3:45 – 5:00 pm Identifying the Foundations for a Renewed Relationship

Reconcile Aboriginal and Crown constitutional and legal orders to ensure that Aboriginal peoples are full partners in Confederation, including the recognition and integration of Indigenous laws and legal traditions”

- Truth and Reconciliation Call to Action 45 (iv)

A new relationship requires a change in approach, where we are no longer “managing” the crisis situation that the lack of resolution has created, but we break down the current foundation and frameworks and rebuild within a new framework that is reflective of the needs of Canada’s Indigenous peoples, our times and shared history. This panel will bring together leaders to discuss their individual and collective challenges and path forward, and will explore the foundational characteristics of the relationship between nations and what principles need to be present for it to be recognition. This dialogue will explore the strategies, programs, and policies required to continue moving toward a collective understanding.

The discussion will be followed by questions from the floor.

Moderator:

  • Catherine MacQuarrie, Senior Executive in Residence, IPAC

Panel:

  • Dr. Mark Dockstator, President, First Nations University of Canada
  • Mike Mitchell, former Akwesasne Grand Chief
5:00 – 6:30 pm

Cocktail Reception in Recognition of Sophie Pierre’s Appointment as an Officer of the Order of Canada

Lord Elgin

6:30 – 9:00 pm

Remarks and Fireside Chat

  • The Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs
  • Hosted by Miles Richardson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership

 


Day Two

February 17, 2017

Ottawa, Ontario

8:00 – 9:00 am
Breakfast
9:00 – 9:30 am Summary of Day One
9:30 – 10:45 am Linking Reconciliation to Shared Outcomes: Changing the Outcomes for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples (Part 1)

Change is needed if First Nations are to experience more meaningful outcomes from the services they receive. We recognize that the issues are complex and that solutions will require concerted efforts of the federal government and First Nations, in collaboration with provincial governments and other parties.”

- Auditor General’s Report, 2011

Reconciliation will require consensus among Indigenous peoples and between the Indigenous peoples and Canada on the shared outcomes that are needed and desired. Considerations for recognition and accommodation within existing and new institutions are required to make progress towards better shared outcomes. This dialogue will convene experts who have experience in the modern field of establishing new relationships that have led to greater social and economic outcomes. In order to achieve outcomes at the national level, what changes need to take place to bring the country together, address challenges and fulfill duties?

The discussion will be followed by questions from the floor.

Moderator:

  • Scott Serson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership

Panel:

  • Dr. Marie Wilson, Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission
  • Richard Jock, Chief Operating Officer, First Nations Health Authority
  • Marilyn Slett, Chief Councillor, Heiltsuk Nation
10:45 –11:00 am Break
11:00 – 12:15pm Linking Reconciliation to Shared Outcomes: Changing the Outcomes for Canada’s Indigenous Peoples (Part 2)

This session will continue the dialogue on achieving shared outcomes with a second panel of experts.

Moderator:

  • Scott Serson, Board Member, Canadians for a New Partnership

Panel:

  • Peter Dinsdale, President, YMCA
  • Dr. Mike DeGagné, President, Nipissing University
  • Terry Goodtrack, President and CEO, AFOA
12:15 – 12:45 pm Break and Lunch Served
12:45 – 2:00 pm Lunch Panel Governance and Institutions as Representations of NationhoodMoving forward, communities that are at different places along the spectrum towards nation building/rebuilding will require the tools, capacity and institutions (transitional/collective/perpetual) to do so. This discussion will explore what principles, practices and institutions can be used to bring efficiencies of scale and representation as an exercise of authority. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the floor.Moderator:

  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance

Panel:

  • Harold Calla, Executive Chair, FNFMB
  • Koren Lightning-Earle, President, Indigenous Bar Association
  • Gwen Philips, Ktunaxa Nation Council
2:00 – 2:15 pm Break
2:15 – 3:30 pm Framing the Crown Responsibility in the New RelationshipHaving identified the desired shared outcomes, and the required governance and representational components, this dialogue will explore the changes that need to take place in order for those aspects to come to fruition. The panel discussion will be followed by questions from the floor.Moderator:

  • Dr. Tim Raybould, Professor of Practice, McGill University

Panel:

  • Bob Rae, former Premier of Ontario
  • Morley Googoo, AFN Regional Chief, Newfoundland and Nova Scotia
3:30 – 4:30 pm Closing Remarks & Next Steps

  • Maryantonett Flumian, President, Institute on Governance
  • Representation from Canadians for a New Partnership (TBC)

The Lord Elgin Hotel

100 Elgin St,

Ottawa, ON

Harold-Calla

Harold Calla

Harold is a member of the Squamish Nation located in North Vancouver, British Columbia. After many years of experience in international business, he worked with the Squamish Nation as a negotiator in the areas of economic development, land management and finance and served 8 years on the Squamish Council. He has also acted as an advisor and an arbitrator for First Nations in Western Canada.
He represented Squamish Nation interests in the development of the First Nations Land Management Act, First Nations Fiscal Management Act (FMA), First Nations Commercial and Industrial Development Act (FNCIDA), and First Nations Oil and Gas and Moneys Management Act. These optional legislative pieces allow First Nations on a sectorial basis the ability to move out from under the Indian Act.
Harold serves as the Executive Chair of the First Nations Financial Management Board, one of three fiscal institutions created under the FMA to support First Nations economic development, by supporting First Nations efforts to access the capital markets and by providing capacity development support to First Nations in the areas of financial administration law development and certification of their financial performance and financial management systems.
He has completed terms on the Boards of CMHC, Partnerships BC and the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. He has either chaired or served on the Audit Committees of these various boards.
Harold is a recipient of numerous awards in recognition of excellence in leadership. In particular, the C.G.A. Association of Canada celebrating their 100th year in 2008 recognized Harold as one of 100 CGA’s who, in their view, over the 100 years have made a difference. In August 2012 Harold was also awarded a fellowship by the C.G.A. Association of Canada. Harold is also a member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association and has been awarded the designation of Certified Aboriginal Financing Manager (CAFM).


Dr.-Mike-DeGagné

Dr. Mike DeGagné

Mike DeGagné is the seventh President and Vice-Chancellor of Nipissing University. His career includes work with the federal government in management of Aboriginal programs, and as a negotiator of comprehensive claims. Most recently he has served as the founding Executive Director of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation, a national organization which addressed the legacy of Indian Residential Schools.

He has served on numerous Boards of Directors in the health and university sectors including as Chairman of Ottawa’s Queensway-Carleton Hospital, and Chairman of the Child Welfare League of Canada.

He has a PhD in Education focusing on Aboriginal post-secondary success from Michigan State University, and Masters degrees in Administration and Law. He lectures nationally and internationally in the areas of Indigenous governance and reconciliation. He is a recipient of the Order of Canada and the Order of Ontario as well as the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal.


Peter-Dinsdale

Peter Dinsdale

Peter Dinsdale is Anishnaabe and a member of the Curve Lake First Nation in Ontario. In 1996, he received a Bachelor of Arts – Political Science and Native Studies and a Masters of Arts – Humanities in 1997 from Laurentian University. Mr. Dinsdale has worked with First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples and organizations at the local, regional and national levels.

He is currently the Chief Executive Officer at the YMCA, and former Chief Executive Officer of the Assembly of First Nations and former Director General of the National Association of Friendship Centers.

Peter lives in Ottawa with his wife Tammy and their two sons.


Dr.-Mark-Dockstator

Dr. Mark Dockstator

Dr. Mark S. Dockstator joined the First Nations University of Canada in July 2014. Dr. Dockstator brings a breadth and diversity of experience to the First Nations University of Canada. A member of the Oneida Nation of the Thames, he has been an Associate Professor, Indigenous Studies, at Trent University since 1997. In addition, Dr. Dockstator also served as Departmental Chair and Director of the PhD program. He received his Juris Doctor (J.D.) Degree from Osgoode Hall Law School, York University. In 1994, he was the first First Nations person to graduate with a doctorate in law. His doctoral dissertation, entitled “Toward an Understanding of Aboriginal Self Government”, is a blend of Indigenous and Western knowledge and was used as a foundation for the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples final report.

Dr. Dockstator has served as founding Chairman of the First Nations’ Statistical Institute, Senior Negotiator and Researcher for the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs, President and CEO of Rama Economic Development Corporation, Special Advisor to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal People and Special Advisor to the Chief Commissioner of the Indian Land Claims Commission, to name a few. Dr. Dockstator has a great deal of business experience and has a specific research expertise in Aboriginal issues, having served as Principal Investigator on an array of national and regional research projects in areas such as Aboriginal health, treaties, Aboriginal languages and culture, education and economic development.


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Maryantonett Flumian

As the President of the Institute On Governance, Maryantonett Flumian is responsible for the development of the Institute’s vision and strategic direction, project and partnership development, and the fostering of programs to promote public discussion of governance issues.
She is a seasoned senior executive at the Deputy Minister level in the Canadian federal Public Service with more than 20 years of large-scale operational experience in the economic, social and federal/provincial domains. She is internationally recognized for her work as a transformational leader across many complex areas of public policy and administration such as labour markets, firearms, fisheries, and environmental issues. She was the first Deputy Minister of Service Canada. Her current research focuses on leadership, collaboration, governance, and the transformational potential of technology primarily in the area of citizen-centered services. Maryantonett spent the last three years at the University of Ottawa initiating programming for the development of senior public service leaders.
Maryantonett received a Bachelor of Arts and a Master’s Degree in history and completed comprehensive exams towards a PhD in the same subject at the University of Ottawa. She sits on the advisory board of the Harvard Policy Group, John F. Kennedy School of Government, and the advisory group of nGenera’s Government 2.0: Wikinomics, Government and Democracy research program.


Goodtrack

Terry Goodtrack

Mr. Goodtrack has spent over twenty years in senior finance and management positions with high profile Aboriginal organizations. He has demonstrated leadership and made a significant contribution to the field of Aboriginal finance, management and leadership, while raising the standards of Aboriginal finance and management practices.

He is currently the President and Chief Executive Officer of the AFOA Canada. Prior to this position, Mr. Goodtrack has been the Chief Operating Officer of the Aboriginal Healing Foundation since 2004, with responsibility for $7 million in operating funds and a $515 million healing fund. His expertise has been critical in assuring that the Foundation met the highest standards for the management of public funds. Prior to 2004, he was President and CEO of the Indigenous Gaming Regulators Inc. where he was responsible for building the new First Nations Gaming Regulatory Authority and assisted in the development and implementation of jurisdiction over First Nations gaming in the province of Saskatchewan. Mr. Goodtrack was also Chief Financial Officer of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN) and Chief Financial Officer of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Through his career he has worked and supported Aboriginal communities across Canada in realizing effective planning and programs to enrich the lives of Aboriginal peoples.

At the front end of his career, Mr. Goodtrack worked with the Government of Canada for over ten years where he held managerial, financial and operational policy positions.

Mr. Goodtrack is the Co-Chair of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business’ Progressive Aboriginal Relations (PAR) Jury and Co-Chair at Carleton University’s advisory circle for their new Indigenous Policy and Administration graduate program. He sits as an advisor on the National Financial Literacy Committee and the Province of Ontario’s Independent Electricity Systems Operator.

Mr. Goodtrack is married to his wife Genevieve. They have two daughters who are currently in University.


Morley

Regional Chief Morley Googoo

Morley Googoo is Regional Chief for Newfoundland and Nova Scotia and currently holds the Youth, Language Culture, and Arts, Truth and Reconciliation 94 Calls to Action, Sports and Recreation portfolios for the Assembly of First Nations. Morley is Mi’kmaq from the Waycobah First Nation, located in Unama’ki (Cape Breton), Nova Scotia. Morley began his political career at the age of 19 when he was elected to Council and went on to serve as Chief of Waycobah for a total of 19 years.

Morley has always promoted Youth programs and is proud to have been instrumental in Waycobah assuming jurisdiction over their education with their school moving from federal control to a new building built and administered under the Mi’kmaq (Education) Kina’matnewey self-government agreement. During his time as Chief, starting at age 24, Waycobah built a state of the art Health Centre and over 100 houses in the Community. He initiated, and continues to coordinate, the Unama’ki Christmas social and reintroduced the Mi’kmaq Summer Games to the province.

Morley has dedicated his entire adult life to serving Mi’kmaq people and practices his Mi’kmaq ways of prayer each day by giving thanks to the Creator. He helped develop a mission statement for his community “To improve the overall Quality of Life and Well-Being of all community Members, “which he has personally adopted. Morley is the proud father of 5 children and is committed to helping his family, his community and the nation to be proud to being Mi’kmaq and First Nations in Canada.


Richard-Jock

Richard Jock

Richard Jock is a member of the Mohawks of Akwesasne and serves as the Chief Operating Officer for the First Nations Health Authority.

As the COO, Richard’s portfolio includes Health Benefits, policy, planning, engagement, service improvements/integration, investment strategies and regional partnership implementation. His position also provides leadership for the building, functioning and implementation of strong partnerships within the First Nations health governance structure and within the health system more bkeiroadly.

Richard has worked for the past 25 years for First Nations organizations and the federal government, including numerous positions in the health field. Immediately prior to joining the FNHA, he held the post of Chief Executive Officer for the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Among his other professional roles, Richard has held senior leadership positions at Norway House Health Services Incorporated, Health Canada, the National Aboriginal Health Organization and Mohawk Council of Akwesasne.

Richard is committed to his wellness and challenges himself to stay active and spend time outdoors. He wears his FitBit daily, rarely missing his 10,000 steps, and enjoys playing racquetball in his spare time.


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Koren Lightning-Earle

Koren Lightning-Earle, ’00 BA(Rec/Leisure), ’04 BA, ’07 LLB, Blue Thunderbird Woman, is Cree from Samson Cree Nation. She is President of the Indigenous Bar Association, Vice-President of Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society, Board Member for First Nations Caring Society. She was recently awarded the Alumni Horizon Award from the University of Alberta. She was an elected council member for Samson Cree Nation from 2011-2014 and is co-founder of Hub, a community mobilization program to help reduce crime. She was co-chair of the First Nations Women’s Economic Security Council. She is also a sessional instructor at Maskwacis Cultural College, a post-secondary school within the Four Nations of Maskwacis, Alta. Lightning-Earle is married, has two young daughters, and is the sole practitioner at Thunderbird Law in her home community.


Catherine-MacQuarrie

Catherine MacQuarrie

Catherine MacQuarrie recently joined the Institute of Public Administration of Canada as a Senior Executive in Residence, Aboriginal Government Programs on a two-year assignment. Previously, she joined the Canada School of Public Service in February 2013 as Vice-President, Strategic Directions, Program Development and Marketing Branch. Catherine was the lead on designing a major transformation of the School’s learning and business model to improve the quality and accessibility of learning for public servants across the country, focussed on excellence in public administration. She was also responsible for corporate leadership, development and oversight of the School’s strategic agenda, supporting School governance, corporate planning and reporting, the marketing and communication of the School’s programs and services, and relationships with academia, other governments, and private sector or other organizations that specialize in public sector management and leadership. Before joining the School, Catherine was Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Public Service Renewal, at the Privy Council Office (PCO) for two years where she led the research and development of what is now known as “Blueprint 2020” in support of the Deputy Minister Committee on Public Service Renewal. Prior to her tenure at PCO, Catherine spent two years with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as Assistant Deputy Minister of Human Resources, and six years with Treasury Board Secretariat (TBS) where she played a significant leadership role in policy development, management and integration of public service values and ethics in the Canadian Public Service, including the design and implementation of key policy instruments such as the Values and Ethics Code for the Public Service, and the Public Servants Disclosure Protection Act. Catherine first joined the federal Public Service in 1994 with Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, working in aboriginal land claims negotiations and self-government policy, including developing innovative approaches and programs for governance capacity development of First Nations Governments. A Metis born in Alberta, Catherine grew up in the Northwest Territories where she launched her first career as a reporter, newspaper editor and a senior manager in Aboriginal media. She holds a BA in Radio and Television Arts from Ryerson University and an MA in Public Administration (Public Policy) from the University of Ottawa.


Mike-Mitchell

Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell

Michael Kanentakeron Mitchell is one of the most respected First Nations leaders in Canada. Born in Akwesasne and raised by a traditional family, Kanentakeron had the benefit of a strong cultural and spiritual upbringing. Fluent in the Mohawk language, Kanentakeron has successfully applied traditional diplomatic skills in solving today’s challenges to First Nations on local, regional and national levels in all areas of development and renewal.
For three decades, Kanentakeron has served his people in a political capacity as Chief and Grand Chief in one of most volatile, yet progressive First Nations communities in Canada. His vision to help restore the independence of the Mohawk people of Akwesasne is based on applying the best of both Haudenoshaunee Philosophy and modern democratic government systems.
During the late sixties and early seventies, Kanentakeron was involved in the conquest to retrieve the Islands that were owned by the Mohawks of Akwesasne. However, was leased out by the department of Indian Affairs, under a 9999 year lease. During this period Kanentakeron organized an international bridge blockade that challenged Canada to restore the border crossing rights of First Nations under the Jay Treaty. In 1970, Kanentakeron was elected to council as District chief for a two year term. Kanentakeron did not get involved in politics for another ten years.
During this period there were ongoing skirmishes, between the elected system supporters and the traditional followers of the longhouse. Years later, Kanentakeron would be asked to return to the elective system government and initiate changes that would bring the power of decision making back to the community.
In 1982, Kanentakeron was re-elected as a District Chief to the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne representing Cornwall Island. In 1984 he became the Grand Chief of MCA, then with a membership population of 10,000. He held the position until 2002 when he retired from 20 years in politics. In the summer of 2003, the community brought him out of retirement to again serve as District Chief of Cornwall Island for one more term, after to which he resumed his position as Grand Chief until 2006, where the population had increased to 14,000. In 2009 Kanentakeron returned back to his position as Grand Chief of the Mohawk Council of Akwesasne and held this position until 2015. When he decided to take a break from politics, to continue working on his book on Nation Building.
Prior to politics, Kanentakeron has also worked as an Ironworker (Local 440), film maker (National Film Board) and Director of Cultural Education at the North American Indian Traveling College.


Gwen-Phillips

Gwen Phillips

Gwen is a citizen of the Ktunaxa Nation and has worked for the Ktunaxa Nation Council for the past thirty-three years, holding a variety of senior management functions, at times overseeing departments of Education, Health, Corporate Services, Traditional Knowledge and Language and for the past decade, functioning as the Director responsible for Governance Transition; leading the Ktunaxa Nation back to self-government.

In the early 1990’s, following a population health approach, Gwen established the Community Healing and Intervention Program (CHIP) to address individual and community issues related to Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder. In order to further the Nation’s interests in providing appropriate educational interventions in addition to the community-based intervention activities, Gwen negotiated the first Local Education Agreement between a First Nation and a Public School District, effectively breaking the federal-provincial Master Tuition Agreement for all First Nations governments in British Columbia. Building on the strength gained through this early work, the Nation established one of the most successful First Nation child welfare agencies in the province of British Columbia. This work has resulted in significant systems transformation and the Ktunaxa Nation now provides a variety of social services to all Aboriginal people across their territory, both on and off reserve.

Gwen has represented the Ktunaxa Nation on numerous Boards and Committees, locally, regionally and nationally and is currently championing the BC First Nations’ Data Governance Initiative (bcfndgi.com); a tripartite government initiative (federal, provincial and First Nations governments) with a key objective being timely access to quality data to plan, manage and account for investments and outcomes associated with First Nations well-being. As a member of the First Nations Health Council, Gwen is part of the team that negotiated the transfer of Health Canada’s BC Region First Nations and Inuit Health Branch to First Nations control, and she represents BC First Nations’ interests nationally in Data Governance, as a member of the First Nations Information Governance Centre Board.

Gwen has extensive experience in relationship building and has developed and instructed First Nation Studies courses at the elementary, secondary and college levels and continues to function as a public educator. Her formal training is in Business Administration and she has operated her own small business, as a community planner, facilitator/trainer, artist and curriculum developer. Gwen’s most enjoyable pastime is being at home with her 8 year old granddaughter.


Bob-Rae

the Honourable Bob Rae

Bob Rae was elected eleven times to the House of Commons and the Ontario legislature between 1978 and 2013.  He was Ontario’s 21st Premier from 1990 to 1995, and served as interim leader of the Liberal Party of Canada from 2011 to 2013.

He is working now as a lawyer, negotiator, mediator, and arbitrator, with a particular focus on first nations, aboriginal, and governance issues.  He also teaches at the University of Toronto School of Governance and Public Policy, and is a widely respected writer and commentator.

An author of five books and many studies and reports, Bob Rae is a Privy Councillor, a Companion of the Order of Canada, a member of the Order of Ontario, and has numerous awards and honorary degrees from institutions in Canada and around the world.

Mr. Rae was born on August 2nd 1948, in Ottawa, Ontario. His parents were Lois Esther (George) and Saul Rae. He is married to Arlene Perly Rae, a writer and speaker, and they have three children. They live in Toronto.


Dr.-Tim-Raybould

Dr. Tim Raybould

Dr. Tim Raybould is a Professor of Practice at McGill University at the McGill Institute for the Study of Canada.  Tim was educated at the University of Cambridge (Ph.D. in social anthropology).  For over twenty-five years he has provided professional advice to First Nations and Indigenous organizations in Canada and has been directly involved in a number of Indigenous–led sectoral and comprehensive governance initiatives.  His wife is Justice Minister and Attorney General of Canada Jody Wilson-Raybould.


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Miles G. Richardson

Miles G. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria in 1979. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Haida Nation.

Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force. From 1991 to 1993, he was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, which is an executive body representing First Nations in BC. In October 1995, Richardson was nominated by the Summit and appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission. He was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was reappointed in November 2001.

In 2007, he was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, Richardson owns and operates his own business providing strategic advice on relationship building and business development between First Nations and the private sector; First Nations governance development; and sustainability policy and business development. Richardson is also the Director for the Consortium for Indigenous Economic Development at the University of Victoria.


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Scott Serson

Mr. Serson is a retired federal Deputy Minister who spent much of his career working on policy related to First Peoples.

From 1985 to 1987, as Assistant Secretary to the Cabinet, Office of Aboriginal Constitutional Affairs in the Federal-Provincial Relations Office, Scott was responsible for federal participation in the Aboriginal constitutional process.

Appointed Deputy Secretary to the Cabinet, Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs in 1989, he provided strategic advice on federal-provincial relations and Aboriginal constitutional issues. He also co-chaired the Working Group on Indigenous Peoples Rights in the process that led to the Charlottetown Constitutional Accord.

In September 1995, Mr. Serson was appointed Deputy Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development. In that role he was instrumental in the development of the Government’s response to the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples. He also provided public service leadership in the final stage of the creation of Nunavut.

Mr. Serson was appointed President of the Public Service Commission of Canada (PSC) in July 1999. He led the Commission through a period of human resource modernization.  During this time, he was also one of two Champions for Values and Ethics in the Public Service.

After retiring from the public service in 2003, Scott served as a policy advisor to the National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Phil Fontaine for five years. During that time he helped conceptualize and negotiate the Kelowna Accord.

Mr. Serson also served for nine years on the Board of the Institute on Governance, including two years as Chair. He continues to volunteer for the Institute in the area of Indigenous Governance and to co-Chair their Indigenous Advisory Circle.

Mr. Serson is a member of the Board of Canadians for a New Partnership.


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Marilyn Slett

Marilyn Slett is a member of the Heilsuk Nation and is serving her third year as elected chief councillor. Marilyn has served two consecutive terms as an elected tribal councillor and is a former executive director of the Heilsuk Tribal Council. She has completed the certificate in the administration of indigenous governments and diploma in public sector management with the university of Victoria. Her regional representation includes current Vice-President of the Coastal First Nations/Great Bear Initiative and a committee member of the funding agreement management committee (First Nation/ INAC committee), which focuses on funding agreements and reporting.


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Dr. Marie Wilson

Former Commissioner, Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, 2009-2015 Yellowknife, Northwest Territories.

Marie Wilson spent three decades in an illustrious journalism career before becoming one of three commissioners of the historic Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC). At the TRC, she worked for six and a half years to reveal the history and impacts of more than a century of forced residential schooling for Indigenous children. as a widely sought public speaker both within Canada and internationally.
Wilson was appointed a TRC commissioner after a career as an award-winning journalist, trainer, senior executive manager, independent contractor, and consultant in journalism, program evaluation, and project management. She has been a professor at two Canadian universities, and a high school teacher in Africa. She has lived, studied, and worked in cross-cultural environments, including Europe, Africa, and various parts of Canada, for over forty-five years.
In journalism, Wilson worked in print, radio, and television as a regional and national reporter. She was the founding host of the North’s first weekly television current affairs program, Focus North. As Regional Director for the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, she launched the North’s first daily television news service against the backdrop of four time zones and ten languages (English, French and eight Indigenous languages). From CBC North, Wilson developed the Arctic Winter Games and True North Concert series for national audiences, in order to share unique Northern musical performance and Indigenous sports with the rest of the country. She recruited and developed Indigenous staff, established the CBC North Awards to acknowledge staff excellence, and devoted programming to support and promote literacy, including Indigenous languages. Beyond the CBC, she served as an associate board member of what would become APTN, the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network.

Carolyn-Bennett

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett

The Honourable Carolyn Bennett was first elected to the House of Commons in 1997 and was re-elected in 2000, 2004, 2006, 2008, 2011 and 2015, representing Toronto– St. Paul’s.

Dr. Bennett has previously served as the Critic for Public Health, Seniors, Persons with Disabilities, the Social Economy, and Aboriginal Affairs. In 2003, she was named Minister of State for Public Health.

Prior to her election, Dr. Bennett was a family physician and a founding partner of Bedford Medical Associates in downtown Toronto. She was also an Assistant Professor in the Department of Family and Community Medicine at the University of Toronto. Her fight to save the Women’s College Hospital of Toronto inspired her to enter politics.

Carolyn is an active representative of Toronto–St. Paul’s. She has organized over 75 town halls, quarterly meetings, information sessions on parliamentary affairs, and special activities for her constituents since 2000. She and her office have assisted hundreds of constituents with their immigration, tax, pension or employment insurance concerns.

She speaks passionately about Canada and citizens’ participation in the democratic process. She advocates for health, the environment, women’s involvement in politics and persons with disabilities; She is also known for her strong support of Israel.

In 1986, Dr. Bennett received the Royal Life Saving Society Cross – a Commonwealth award recognizing her more than 20 years of distinguished service. In 2002, she was the recipient of the coveted EVE Award for contributing to the advancement of women in politics and in 2003 received the first ever CAMIMH Mental Health Champion Award. Carolyn was the first recipient of the National Award of Excellence for Outstanding Leadership and Dedication to Injury Prevention and Safety promotion in Canada.

Carolyn is the co-author of Kill or Cure? How Canadians Can Remake Their Health Care System.

She and her husband, Peter O’Brian, a successful Canadian producer, have two sons, Jack and Ben.


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Clément Chartier

Clément Chartier QC, is President of the Métis National Council. Chartier received his law degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 1978, was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 1980 and received the Queen’s Counsel designation in 2004. During his political career, Chartier has held a number of executive positions in Indigenous political bodies, including: Native Youth Association of Canada Executive Director, 1973; Association of Métis and Non-Status Indians of Saskatchewan (AMNSIS) Vice-President, 1982–85; Métis National Council (MNC) Chairperson, 1983 and 1984/85; MNC Ambassador on International Issues, 1993–96; MNC President, 2003 to present; World Council of Indigenous Peoples President, 1984–87, Vice-President, 1993–97; and Métis Nation-Saskatchewan (MNS) President, 1998–2003.
A strong advocate for Métis rights, Chartier was the defendants’ lawyer in R. v. Grumbo (1996), which briefly affirmed Métis Aboriginal hunting rights throughout Saskatchewan, and in R. v. Morin and Daigneault (1996), which upheld the Aboriginal fishing rights of Métis in northern Saskatchewan and in R. v. Belhumeur (2007) which confirmed Métis fishing rights in southern Saskatchewan. He also served as MNC counsel in its intervention in the 2003 Supreme Court of Canada R. v. Powley appeal, which recognized Métis Aboriginal hunting rights in Ontario.
In December 2010, Chartier’s book, Witness to Resistance: Under Fire in Nicaragua was released.


Isadore-Day

Isadore Day

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is from Serpent River First Nation, Ontario, which is located in the North Channel of Lake Huron.  Born in Elliot Lake and raised in the North, Regional Chief Isadore Day worked in construction, commercial fishing, and in the social services setting. Regional Chief Day’s post-secondary education consists of Social Work, Business and Public Administration and Governance. He and his partner Angela raise their girls in the North and are committed to ensuring that the North remains a key grounding in their lives. He is strong in his commitments to his community and all treaty regions.

He has been Chief of Serpent River FN since being elected in 2005. Regional Chief Day has a combined total of ten years in leadership. Public service ideas and dedication have seen him involved in various boards, committees, and volunteer positions over the past 15 yrs. With a list of diverse attributes and skills, Regional Chief Day has been welcomed at many tables to share in efforts to make constructive change for the Anishnabek and First Nations at the Regional and National level in recent years. Known as hard hitter on the issues, he has a demeanor that seeks to find ways to highlight and uplift the dignity of others.

Today, Regional Chief Day is quite active on many files in all policy sectors at the local level and provincially. His main focus at all tables with government is First Nation rights, health, social, economies, infrastructure, Quality of Life – and overall, Nationhood based on all facets of what a nation embodies. He sees political justice as being the main goal for First Nation leaders and is emphatic that the Indian Act is colonial oppression and at the root of what must change in all First Nations. He is practical with both high level policy and is a strong grassroots First Nation leader.

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