Rhonda Knockwood is Cree, from Thunderchild First Nation, and is the Chief Of Staff at AFN – Regional Office NS/NL and former Director of Operations for the Yuułuʔiłʔath Government. She has a long history working in finance and administration within BC for organizations such as the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of BC, Aboriginal Health Association of BC, Native Court worker and Counselling Association of BC, and Healing Our Spirit.
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Les Doiron is a citizen and the former President of the Yuułuʔiłʔath Government (the Ucluelet First Nation). A community minded, goal-oriented professional, Les is passionate about giving back to his community and has shared a lot of his life with many individuals, on a professional and volunteer basis alike…
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Phil Fontaine is an articulate advocate for the future of Canada and for Indigenous peoples. He is the former three-term National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, known for his calm and confident demeanor. He has a proven track record of opening lines of communication and bringing people together in a common cause for a better future and to resolve issues of the past.
Phil Fontaine’s Letter of Support for FNEF.
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Former Chief, Blood Tribe, Treaty 7
Chris Shade was elected as Chief of the Blood Tribe, which is part of the Blackfoot Confederacy, in November 1996, and was successfully re-elected in 2000. He was elected to the Office of Grand Chief of Treaty 7 in 2000 and continues to be a representative of Treaty 7 on the Indigenous Peoples Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada. He also sits on numerous Boards and Chiefs Committees.
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Hon. Dave Hancock
Former Alberta Premier
Dave Hancock, QC, brings a wealth of experience in both the legal and political field. He was recently appointed to Alberta’s provincial court, where he serves as a judge in the Edmonton family and youth court, and previously served as Counsel with Dentons Canada LLP in their Government and Public Policy practice. In addition to his practice in law, Dave was a Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta representing the constituency of Edmonton-Whitemudas for over 17 years, serving as Premier of Alberta as well as Minister of Intergovernmental and Aboriginal Affairs and Minister of Innovation and Advanced Education.
Dave Hancock’s Letter of Support for FNEF
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President, NCN Seafood Dev Corp
Larry Johnson is currently the President of the Nuu-chah-nulth Seafood Development Corporation. He has also served as the Director of Lands & Natural Resourses and Economic Development Manager for the Huu-ay-aht First Nations. His Career has led increasingly to a specialization in the management of fisheries and forestry resources; incorporating traditional First Nations philosophies of resource management with current western practices.
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Douglas B. Nelson, Ed.D
Aboriginal Learning Services, AB
Dr. Douglas Nelson has served as a teacher, consultant, school administrator, District Principal, professor, author, Chairman of the Alberta Student Finance Board, manager in Advance Education and Technology, school board trustee, and President of NECG Ltd. His consulting company works with school boards, technical colleges, First Nations authorities, and industrial partners to collect information, design programs, and produce recommendations and strategic reports.
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CEO, Six Factor
Andy Parkins is the Founder and CEO of Six Factor, Western Canada’s leading Google Cloud partner. With more than 25 years of proven people leadership and business technology skills, Andy has led many national and global institutions through the critical and challenging journey of transforming and evolving their operations into world-class, client-centric service providers.
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Adam Werle, Ph.D
Dr. Adam Werle is a linguist, language activist, and Wakashanist who documents and teaches Aboriginal American languages spoken on and around Vancouver Island, especially Nuuchahnulth, Ditidaht, Kwak’wala, and Makah. His technical research focuses on prosodic phonology, clisis, and Wakashan grammar. He earned a Ph.D. in Linguistics from the University of Massachusetts, Amherst. Adam brings significant experience and expertise to our organization, based on solid community relationships from years of dedicated, respectful work in the region.
For more information about Dr. Werle and his work, research and training: http://web.uvic.ca/~werle/index.html
Stuart Brame – Board of Directors, Chair
Bruce Sanderson, Director
Scott Jeary – Executive Director