Tuesday, December 11, 2018


Frances Abele

Frances Abele is Chancellor’s Professor of Public Policy and Administration, Academic Director of the Carleton Centre for Community Innovation, Fellow of the Centre for Governance and Public Management, and Research Fellow at the Institute for Research on Public Policy. Dr. Abele is a former director of the School of Public Policy and Administration at Carleton. During 1992-96, she was seconded to the research directorate at the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples, where she was responsible for research and policy on the North and some on governance. A political scientist born in Alberta, Dr. Abele has worked with Indigenous peoples all over Canada for most of her career. Her research has focused on northern economic and political development, Aboriginal self-government, policy and programs important to Aboriginal people living in cities, policy and program evaluation, qualitative research and citizen engagement. She is currently a member of the editorial boards of two academic journals: aboriginal policy studies, and Canadian Public Administration.

Catherine MacQuarrie

Catherine MacQuarrie joined the TGP project team during her tenure with the Institute of Public Administration of Canada (IPAC), helping IPAC extend its practice to include Indigenous governments, and help educate public servants at all levels of government about Indigenous peoples. Catherine currently works for the Government of the Northwest Territories as Deputy Secretary, Federal Engagement in the department of Executive and Indigenous Affairs. A Métis woman, Catherine was raised in the NWT where she worked for many years - as reporter, editor and executive director - with an Indigenous communications society serving 26 Dene and Métis communities. She joined the federal government in 1994, where she specialized in land claims and self-government policy. In a 24-year career with the federal government, she held increasingly senior leadership roles in various aspects of public administration: values and ethics, human resource policy and management, public service renewal and training and development of federal employees and leaders.

Satsan (Herb George)

Satsan is a Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chief of the Frog Clan and has been a long-time Speaker for the Wet’suwet’en Nation, which is located in BC. He previously served as Speaker for both the Gitxsan and the Wet’suwet’en Nations. Satsan was a key figure and strategist in the Delgamuukw-Gisday'wa case, which was the subject of a successful judgment before the Supreme Court of Canada in December 1997. Satsan was President of NCFNG (National Centre for First Nations Governance), CFNG's predecessor organization, and is now a Senior Associate for the Centre for First Nations Governance. He served two terms as Regional Chief, representing B.C. at the Assembly Of First Nations, and one term on the Executive of the First Nations Summit. Satsan was also Adjunct Associate Professor in the School of Public Administration at the University of Victoria, and taught for several years in the University’s Administration of Aboriginal Governments Program.,

Andrea Migone

Andrea Migone is Director of Research and Outreach at the Institute of Public Administration of Canada where he leads the Institute’s research strategy and engagement approach with stakeholders and partners. He specializes in public policy, regulation, and public administration with a special focus on policy making and innovation in public service. Before joining IPAC he worked both as a consultant on Indian Residential School, with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and as a lecturer in university. Andrea has published in the areas of globalization, innovation policy, financial capacity, political economy, regulation and governance. He was post-doctoral research fellow at Simon Fraser University.

Chris Robertson

Chris Robertson has over 18 years of experience specializing in community economic and organizational development, professional management, public communications, strategic planning, governance, lands and resources support with First Nation communities, governments and businesses. Chris, of Gitxsan ancestry, includes in his extensive experience being Executive Director for the Office of the Wet’suwet’en Hereditary Chiefs, Senior advisor to the AFN, BC Regional Chief, COO of the National Centre for First Nations Governance and Band Administrator for the Musqueam First Nation. He is a former Board Director for the Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. Chris was COO of NCFNG (National Centre for First Nations Governance), our predecessor organization.

Pawa Haiyupis

Pawatsqwachiitl Haiyupis is a member of the Ahousaht First Nation on the West Coast of Vancouver Island.Over the past 10 years Pawa has developed a diversity of professional skills from her work experience with First Nations people in relation to stewardship and the environment. Much of Pawa’s work has focused on facilitating dialogues on all aspects of governance, leadership and nation rebuilding. A major focus of her work is developing and implementing emerging leadership events, workshops and think tanks for youth. Pawa is committed to the Centre's philosophy of creating new memories for our children and this philosophy guides her work at the community level. Pawa’s areas of training include First Nations Studies and Environmental Science with a focus on Traditional Ecological Knowledge, Traditional Governance and Coastal Ecology.

Don Jones

Don was born and raised in Nigigoonsiminikaaning First Nation near Fort Frances, Ontario. He was elected chief at 25 years of age and served five terms, as well as, Tribal Chief for three terms for Grand Council Treaty #3. He served for 14 years as Research Director for the (TARR) Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program for the Grand Council Treaty #3 and as an Executive Director at Pwi-Di-Goo-Zing Ne-Yaa-Zhing Advisory Services.

Charles Douglas

Charles (“Corkey”) is a member of the Cheam First Nation, located on the southwest corner of BC. Starting at age 25, he was elected to council five consecutive times, the last term as chief. Throughout this ten year period he held the health and social development portfolio, and the finance portfolio. He also represented Cheam and the Sto:lo people on fisheries issues with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. Charles has a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies and has earned his L.L.B.

Erin Alexiuk

Erin Alexiuk moved from her hometown outside Sudbury, Ontario to earn her B.Sc. from the University of British Columbia. Now back in Ontario, Erin icurrently a Research Associate with the Waterloo Institute for Social Innovation and Resilience (WISIR) and working towards her PhD in Social and Ecological Sustainability at the University of Waterloo. Erin’s research explores how complex systems approaches to sustainability that draw particular attention to person-place relationships may result in more comprehensive grounds for action that better represent diverse perspectives. Prior to her graduate research, Erin travelled to Ellesmere Island, Nunavut to participate in the International Tundra Experiment, worked on the consultation process in BC for Environment Canada’s boreal caribou recovery strategy, and studied intercultural approaches to resource management on Haida Gwaii with the Haida Gwaii Higher Education Society. Erin regularly travels back to Northern Ontario, where she continues to canoe, hike, and spend time at the family

Len Hartley

Len has worked for many years as a communications director and consultant, providing strategic communications and web services to government, non-profit and Aboriginal organizations. He has an extensive background assisting small business start-ups and is keenly interested in social enterprise. Len’s career includes over 15 years with the Government of British Columbia developing and managing in-person, call centre and award-winning online services. Len is proud of his Secwpmec ancestry.

Brian Fitzpatrick

Brian is a director on CFNG's Board and brings his insight as former Chief Financial Officer for the Nisga'a Lisims Government and past Director of Finance for NCFNG, our predecessor organization.

Jocelyne Wasacase-Merasty

Jocelyne is a member of the Kahkewistahaw First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her past employment includes working for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations as the Communication's Manager, Editor of Saskatchewan Indian magazine, the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) as the Director of Communications and acting Vice President of Corporate Affairs. Jocelyne has a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communications from Royal Roads University in Victoria.

Marcel Tessier

Marcel Tessier, a Mi’kmaq from the Shubenacadie First Nation in Nova Scotia is a proud member of the Indian Brook band. Over the past 18 years Marcel has developed a range of professional competencies from his local experiences in Quebec First Nation Human Resources Development and in First Nations governance. He has learned there is a great deal of respect and admiration for the governance of First Nations’ institutions and the support required for it to succeed. Marcel resides on the south shore of Montreal, is a husband and a father of two children.

Robin Vernest

Robin is on our Board. She is our East Coast connection and has many years of experience working in First Nations communities assisting them with rebuilding governance. She is currently pursuing her degree in law.

Andrew Swift

We thank Andrew for his support at our Transitional Governance Think Tank and his help preparing our think tank report.