Organizational Chart
Staff Directory


Meko Nicholas

Executive Director

Meko Nicholas is the Executive Director of the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre and is Welastekokewin (Maliseet) from the Neqotkuk (Tobique) First Nation in New Brunswick.  He has been working to support the development, finalization and fulfillment of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management for the past 23 years.

Angie Pitre

 Executive Assistant to the Executive Director

Angie Pitre, a member of the Elsipogtog First Nation, NB, joins us from the Department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). During her 11 year career as a public servant, she volunteered in varying capacities (Co-Spokesperson, Secretary and project lead) on the Aboriginal Employees’ Network, a committee which focuses on Indigenous recruitment, retention, advancement and the cultural competencies within the regional ISC office.

In the fall of 2018, Angie joined our team as an Executive Assistant. She provides administrative support to the Resource Centre’s Executive Director, Meko Nicholas.

Finance, Information Technology & Administration

Sandra Gfellner

Director, Finance, Information Technology & Administration

Sandra was born and raised in British Columbia and is one of four siblings to Irish Immigrants.  She spent 30 years working in the accounting field before starting work with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre.  Since February 2006, Sandra has been Director of Finance, reporting to the Executive Director.  Sandra oversees and administers all financial functions of the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre.

Charmaine Matteau

Charmaine Matteau

Human Resources

Charmaine Matteau is a proud Mi’kmaq, born and raised in Newfoundland & Labrador part of a family of 16 children. After graduating university, she began a career in the public service occupying roles across Canada in areas related to Indigenous health, policing as well as lands & economic development.

After nearly 15 years as a public servant, Charmaine joined the Resource Centre in 2013. Her primary role is oversight of human resources activities for the organization however she also provides support to Framework Agreement signatories in relation to developmental funding as well as several other finance and administration roles. In her spare time, Charmaine is pursuing a masters degree in strategic human resources management. She is a military spouse, a wannabe chef and devotes as much time as she can to helping local animal shelters.

Robina Bear

Executive Assistant to RC Chair

Robina Bear has worked for the Resource Centre since 2001 as Executive Assistant to Chief Austin Bear the RC Chair. Robina completed her studies in Business Administration at SIAST campus in Prince Albert Saskatchewan in 1995. She is originally from Powell River, BC but now has a home on Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan with her husband and their rescue animals. Robina is a photographer specializing in people and wedding photography.

Virginia Game

Administrative Support to the Lands Advisory Board

Virginia was born and lived in Victoria, BC until 1999 when she moved to Winnipeg, Canmore and finally settled in Kelowna the summer of 2010. Virginia worked in the policing and legal worlds until she began working for Westbank First Nation in January 2011 in the finance department. In June 2011 she became Chief Robert Louie’s Executive Assistant in WFN’s corporate department and started with the Resource Centre as Chairman Robert Louie’s Executive Assistant in October 2016. Virginia has two sons and two dogs that take up most of her time, if she’s not at work she is out walking her dogs.

Dan Bear

Administrative Assistant

Dan Bear joined the team in 2008 and has worked with First Nation communities in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Manitoba as a Field Technician before moving into an administrative role in 2014.

Dan received his professional training at the Justice Institute of British Columbia and earned an Associate Certificate while studying Dispute Resolution Mediation and Negotiation.

He is a proud member of the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan where he was raised and lives with his wife Sarah and their two cats and dog. Together they have a son and are expecting a baby boy in early May.

Dan’s spare time is often spent writing and creating music, as he has been involved in Canada’s independent music industry for many years. Several songs featuring Dan have been used in film and television projects. He has shared the studio and stage with Canadian Indigenous and Juno award winners while releasing several independent albums.

Martin de Kryger

IT Support Services

Martin de Kryger, born and raised in Ottawa Ontario, graduated from Computer Systems Technology at Algonquin College.  Shortly after completing college, he joined the Ottawa Senators Hockey Club as an IT Support Technician, where he worked for over four years.

In August 2017 he accepted a position as the IT Support Services Officer with the Resource Centre.

Martin, his wife and their two energetic boys live in eastern Ontario. Martin loves spending time with his kids, playing guitar, relaxing at the cottage, gardening, cooking, and is a sports nut.


Steven Bonspille

Managing Director of Operations

Shékon sewakwékon (Greeting to everyone),

Sosé Onahsakenrat iontiàts ne Kanien’kehà tànon Kanesatake Kanien’kehà:ka kanakerahsera nia’tewake:né. Joseph swan is his Kanien’kehà:ka (Mohawk) name and is from the Kanien’kehà:ka territory of Kanesatake.

Steven is a proud member of the Bear clan as are his eight brothers and sisters. He is also the proud dad of three boys.

Being born, raised and living most of his adult life in Kanesatake has given him the insight on the many good things that can happen when a community works together to find solutions. How a community can change its present for a better tomorrow. He has dedicated his career to helping our indigenous communities and people improve their current situations for a brighter future for them, their communities and future generations.

His career has taken him on the path of culture and language (Director of the Kanesatake Cultural Centre), politics (Chief and Grand Chief of Kanesatake), Housing (Regional Manager of Aboriginal Housing – Quebec bureau of Canada Mortgage Housing Corporation), employment and capacity development (First Nations Human Resource Development Commission of Quebec) to his present position of Managing Director of Operations for the FNLMRC.

When he is not working he enjoys spending time with his kids, playing lacrosse and golf, listening to music, being with family and friends and working on his 69 Road Runner.

Julie Pellerin

Senior Policy Advisor, Field Support Services

A member of the Nipissing First Nation, Julie Pellerin is a fierce Anishinaabe Kwe. Julie has over 17 years experience with the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management. She began on September 10, 2001, as the Land Code Coordinator for Nipissing.

From 2003 to 2009, she provided support to other signatory First Nations as a technician. Since 2009, she has been employed as the Operational and Developmental Support Services Officer, the Advisor Economic Development and Communications, and Manager for Developmental and Operational Support Services East.

Currently, as the Senior Policy Advisor for Field Support Services she is very proud to contribute to the entire Field team.

In her various roles for the Resource Centre, as an executive for the Nipissing First Nation Economic Development Corporation, as a business owner and as the Economic Development Coordinator for the Corporation of the Municipality of West Nipissing, her successes are measurable by the successes of her clients, First Nations, community members and stakeholders.

Julie has always been involved in communications, including public speaking, presentations, marketing, press releases and various other communications. She is fully bilingual and is a proficient translator and interpreter.

Julie also rocks in her personal life. She and her husband just celebrated 32 years together and are happy to not have custody of their adult son and daughter who are thriving on their own. Julie is a world traveller, outdoor enthusiast and artist.

First Nation Support Services – BC

Patti Wight

Patti Wight

Manager First Nation Support Services BC

Patti Wight is from the Squamish Nation and currently resides in the heart of Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory (Prince George, BC) where she has been working with the Resource Centre since 2012. Patti holds a Bachelor of Science in Geography with an environmental science focus from the University of Northern BC and also has a certificate in Indigenous Peoples Resource Management from the University of Saskatchewan. Prior to joining the Resource Centre, Patti was the Lheidli T’enneh Director of Lands & Natural Resources.  Patti enjoys spending her free time in nature exploring and camping.  She loves to travel and is always trying out new ways to prepare foods, teas and medicines.

Bonnie Arden

Technician First Nation Support Services BC

Bonnie Arden is a proud member of T’Sou-ke First Nation on Southern Vancouver Island and resides in the village of Siaosun. For 17 years Bonnie worked with her Nation in their efforts to create sustainable systems of Governance including management of lands and resources, cultural revitalization and food security.

In 2015, Bonnie accepted a position with the Resource Centre as a Developmental and Operational Support Technician. She assists Nations on Vancouver Island and in northern BC to develop and implement their Land Codes.

In addition to taking an active role in her community, Bonnie most enjoys spending time with her three grown children and extended family. Most of the time, she can be found at her desk, but in her down time, beachcombing and live music are on the agenda!

Shawn Speirs

Technician First Nation Support Services BC

Originally from Pointe-Claire Montreal, Shawn Speirs grew up in Westbank, BC. He attended UBC for his undergraduate degree and subsequently received his Law degree from Thompson Rivers University.

His legal practice initially focussed on estate and trust planning before he transitioned into law and policy development. Shawn accepted a position with the Resource Centre in 2017 as part of the BC support services team and is excited to continue working with communities both in the development and implementation of their land codes.

Jackie Brown

Technician First Nation Support Services BC

Jackie Brown is a member of the Kispiox(Anspayaxw), a BC community within the Gitxsan First Nation, Lax Gibuu (wolf) clan from the House (Wilp) of Wii Eelast. His Gitxsan name is Guiyee’is. He grew up in Terrace, BC which is an hour and half away from Kispiox. After obtaining his Forest Technology Diploma at Northwest Community College (now Coast Mountain College), he worked in the forest consultant world for 8 years before moving his family to Prince George, BC.

He was the Forestry Coordinator at Lheidli T’enneh Nation for 7 years before joining the BC Government as a Senior Advisor, First Nation Relations within the BC Ministry of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development for 3 years.

His wife, Cheryl, is from the Nisga’a Nation community of Gitlakdamiiks(New Aiyansh), Ganada(frog) clan, they have 2 kids, their daughter, Alyssa Brown, 16 years old and their son, Jack, 12 years old. They also have a dog, Charlie, she’s around 5 yrs old. He enjoy playing basketball and soccer from time to time. Their kids keep them active with their sports, basketball and soccer, which he coached them both in for about 5/6 years. They try to make it back home as often as they can to keep close to their families, especially when cultural duties call them home.

Jeremy Bonhomme

Technician First Nation Support Services BC

Jeremy Bonhomme is a proud member of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek, formerly residing in Northwestern Ontario he has recently relocated to BC. While completing his business degree at Lakehead University, Jeremy summered as an intern with the Department of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development Canada.

Following his internship, Jeremy accepted full-time employment with Bingwi Neyaashi Anishinaabek and continued his professional development within the area of First Nation administration. He has held positions as a Communications Officer, an Economic Development Assistant, and then Lands Manager before coming to work for the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre in January 2017. Jeremy works as a field technician in the Eastern Region, and thoroughly enjoys the time he spends working with his communities.

Jeremy enjoys travelling, being outdoors, and spending time with his friends and family. When he is not in the office, he spends his time doing projects around the house or biking, hiking, skiing or fishing – if he’s lucky.

Cheryl Bryce

Cheryl Bryce

Technician First Nation Support Services BC

Cheryl Bryce is a Songhees Nation member and has over eighteen years of First Nation land management experience. Her knowledge and skills including research, finance, planning, community development, communication and analytical abilities especially in the management of an operational land code. As the Resource Centre First Nation Support Technician she provides her knowledge and skills to each First Nation she works with in the development and implementation of their land code.

First Nation Support Services – BC, Fraser Valley

Denise Unger

Manager First Nation Support Services Fraser Valley

Ey Swayel (Good Day)

Denise Unger is a member of Chi’yaqtel (Tzeachten) First Nation, located in Chilliwack, BC.  In the Halq’emeylem language, (Chi’yaqtel) means the ‘place of the fish weir’.  The Chi’yaqtel people originate from the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe and is politically affiliated with Stó:ló Nation.

Before establishing her 20-year career working with the Stó:ló and other Indigenous people, Denise’s background included commerce and banking.  In 2000, Denise joined the Stó:ló Development Corporation and Stó:ló Community Futures, before becoming the General Manager of the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe.  Denise has worked for the Resource Centre as a field technician, both on Vancouver Island and in her home territory since 2009 and has established long lasting friendships in every community she has had the pleasure of working with.

Denise and her husband Mark have 4 children (and 4 son/daughter in-laws) and they have been blessed with four wonderful grandchildren.  In addition to the joy their grandchildren bring to the family, the newest addition is her 1-year old rottweiler, who is a fur-sister to their two papillons.  Denise’s passion is most certainly her family, but in the summer months, she enjoys spending time outdoors; fishing, camping and atv-ing.  Her favorite winter past time is enjoying the sun and the sand in the Riviera Maya with her husband.

“S’ólh Téméxw te ikw’elo. Xolhmet te mekw’stam it kwelat”
(This is Our land we have to take care of everything that belongs to us)
Dr. Wenona Hall

Jennifer Campbell

Technician First Nation Support Services Fraser Valley

Jennifer Campbell (nee Tommy) is a Coast Salish woman from the Stó:lō Territory, registered to Xwchíyò:m (Cheam First Nation), with matriarchal lineage to Matsqui First Nation and patriarchal lineage to Kwantlen First Nation. She is a direct descendant from T’xwelátse, the Man turned to Stone.

Jennifer has 13+ years’ experience working in First Nation land management, under various land management regimes, and for up to 21 First Nations.  Currently her day-to-day work, is supporting developmental and operational First Nations, under the Framework Agreement, for First Nations Land Management. She has completed her fourth year, in this role, with First Nations Land Management Resource Centre (FNLMRC).

Additionally, she is enrolled in Simon Fraser University’s Executive MBA program in Indigenous Business & Leadership. Her cohort starts in the fall of 2018, with a graduation date of 2021.

Jennifer is interested in permaculture as a design and lifestyle. She has a small hobby farm with her family of nine. She volunteers with a local football organization on an annual basis.

Brittany Hall

Technician First Nation Support Services Fraser Valley

Brittany Hall is a member of Sq’ewqeyl (Skowkale) First Nation, located in Chilliwack, BC. In the Halq’emeylem language, Sq’ewqeyl means “Going around a turn”. Brittany previously worked for the Skowkale, Aitchelitz and Yakweakwioose (SAY) Lands Office in Chilliwack for a number of years. SAY is the first joint management agreement group of First Nations in Canada.

First Nation Support Services – Prairies

Ed Bear

Manager First Nation Support Services Prairies

Ed Bear is a member of the Muskoday First Nation in Saskatchewan where he has lived nearly all his life.

He has been married for over 40 years, has 2 daughters and 4 grandchildren. He enjoys weekends at the cabin and time spent with family.

His hobbies include fishing, golf, snow mobiling and other outdoor activities.

Previously he held the position of Lands Manager for over 20 years and simultaneously held positions of Membership Clerk and Associate Executive Director during his employment at Muskoday.

He was Muskoday’s representative and vice chair of the Saskatchewan Indian Agriculture Program, Saskatoon District Board. He was a member of the Saskatchewan Aboriginal Lands Technicians, and chairperson of the Muskoday First Nation Police Management Board for a number of years. He is presently a member of the Muskoday TLE Heritage Committee and a member of the Muskoday Lands Advisory Committee.

He was involved with the development of the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management from its inception to its ratification by the First Nations Land Management Act. He helped coordinate the successful ratification of the Muskoday First Nation Land Code in 1998 when he was Lands Manager.

Ed worked half time for 6 months in 2003 with the Resource Centre before accepting a fulltime position in 2004.

Leah Bitternose

Leah Bitternose

Technician First Nation Support Services Prairies

Tānsi, Kitatamiskātināwāw! Leah Bitternose Nitisiyihkāson. Nēhiyawskwēw ohci George Gordon ēkwa Treaty 4 Niwīcihowān.  Leah M. Bitternose is Cree from the George Gordon First Nation in Treaty 4 Territory.  She has a Juris Doctor and Master of Laws from the University of Saskatchewan and is dedicated to the protection of Indigenous and Treaty Rights.  She is honoured to work for the FNLMRC assisting First Nation’s in the Prairie Region and North West Territories to take back control of their lands and resources.

Ed Vystrcil

Technician First Nation Support Services Prairies

Ed Vystrcil is a proud member of the Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation (Nelson House) in Northern Manitoba. He lead the territorial Land Use Planning process for his First Nations Resource Management Area consisting of 5.6 Million acres, and sits as a current Resource Management Board member.

He has a passion for First Nation land issues and understands the importance of meaningful community engagement to guide First Nation Governance initiatives. Ed is considered one of Northern Manitoba’s First Nation land and resource management specialists, and has spent most of his career assisting numerous First Nations with the implementation of various land claim and land related settlement agreements. Ed has extensive experience with the TLE/ATR and assisted 20 First Nations convert 450,000 acres of land to reserve under the Manitoba TLE Process.

Ed is a nationally certified lands manager, has a University educational background in Environmental studies and has participated in numerous Land and Natural Resource events across Canada. He’s foresees the need for a national land based education program as an integral component of First Nation Governance, healing and reconciliation.

Eugene Peterson

Technician First Nation Support Services Prairies

Eugene Peterson is a member of Long Plain in Treaty 1 south central Manitoba. While growing up in Vancouver Eugene often visited friends and family in Manitoba each summer.

After attending Simon Fraser University (Economics and Business) and University of British Columbia (Law) Eugene moved to Winnipeg where he practiced law in Child and Family Services, Land Claims and Self Government. Eugene accepted a full time position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2017.  Eugene provides technical support services for southern Manitoba  and southern Saskatchewan operational and developmental communities.

Eugene is a father of four who enjoys life with his wife Carmella throughout Treaty 1, western Canada and central U.S.A.

Joey Fulton

Technician First Nation Support Services Prairies

Joey Leigh Fulton started with the Resource Centre Prairie Region in early 2019. Her home base is located in Treaty 6 Territory in Spruce Grove, Alberta.

She has been working in the Lands field since 2009 and has completed the Level Two: Technical Training in the Professional Lands Management Certification Program in 2009.

Joey is a proud member of Chippewas of Nawash First Nation and involved with the Urban Indigenous Community in the City of Edmonton.  She is a member of the Canadian Native Friendship Centre and volunteers as a leader with La Leche Canada.  She is an avid reader of Indigenous literature, fiction and nonfiction and love to share this passion with others.

Her pride is her family and her greatest blessings are her 2 kids.

First Nation Support Services – East

Crystal Restoule

Manager First Nation Support Services East

Crystal Restoule is a proud member of Dokis First Nation, located on the boundaries that separate the Districts of Parry Sound, Sudbury and Nipissing, Ontario. Crystal and her spouse are proud parents of a beautiful boy and enjoy spending much of their free time outdoors, hunting, fishing, and participating in various sporting activities.

While attending Laurentian University, Crystal worked with the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as a summer student and continued her work there after graduation. Crystal accepted a position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2014 as Support Services Technician for the Eastern Region.  In April 2018, Crystal accepted the position as Manager of Support Services for Ontario, Québec and the Atlantic Regions. She looks forward to continuing her work with First Nations in pursuing land governance under the Framework Agreement.

Cassandra Cadeau

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Cassandra Cadeau, also known as Cass, grew up in the Niagara Falls area where she took part in a house build project with Habitat for Humanity in 2009. Cass began working for Shawanaga First Nation in 2011, assisting with the implementation of the consultation and accommodation protocol, coordinating logistics for major projects and providing administrative support for the Shawanaga Youth Council.

Throughout the following years, Cass built upon her education in Negotiation, Aboriginal Law, Consultation and Accommodation, Project Management, Aboriginal Professional Administration and Indigenous Peoples Resource Management at the University of Saskatchewan.

Cass then lead Shawanaga First Nation and the community through the development of a Land Code in 2013 and pioneered an electronic voting ratification process. With the successful vote for Shawanaga’s Land Code, Cass accepted a Technician position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2015, where she continues her work with pride in developing and implementing Land Codes in other First Nations throughout Ontario. She has supported many First Nations through Land Code votes, including Long Lake 58, Wasauksing, Temagami, Beausoleil, Chippewas of Kettle and Stony Point, and Chippewas of Rama.

Cass enjoys cottage country life with her fiancé Adam, three children and house full of cats and dogs in the small town of Parry Sound, in the traditional territory of Shawanaga First Nation. Her family are from Alderville First Nation in southern Ontario. In her free time, Cass enjoys cruising around Georgian Bay, fishing and taking on pinterest DIY building projects.

Danielle Alain

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Danielle Alain is a proud member of the Wolastoqiyik (People of the Beautiful River) from Woodstock First Nation, New Brunswick.

Danielle completed her Bachelor of Arts at St. Thomas University, graduating with a double major in Criminology and Native Studies.

Upon graduation, Danielle accepted a position with, at the time, Aboriginal Affairs and Norther Development Canada and spent two years as a Band Governance and Estates Officer and eight years as a Lands Officer, where she thoroughly enjoyed working with many of the First Nation communities in the Atlantic.  Most recently, Danielle accepted a position with the First Nation Land Management Resource Centre and currently works as a Support Technician for the Eastern Team!

Danielle has two beautiful children and they love to hang out with friends and family, travel, participate in community activities and whatever daily adventures come their way!

Katharina Trottier

Katharina Trottier

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Brenda Belmore

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Brenda began with the FNLMRC in June 2019 as a technician with the East Team. She joins us from the Public Safety Division of the Ministry of Community Safety and Corrections where she was employed since 2011 as an Administrative Assistant. Most recently with the Office of the Fire Marshal and Emergency Management,  Brenda had provided administrative and operational support in the Field and Advisory Services in the areas of the fire services, mutual aid, inspections & enforcement, municipal reviews and public education over the course of her career with the fire marshal. She has also held other positions during her time with the OFMEM as a Pay & Benefits Specialist with Ministry of Government & Consumer Services, Youth Mentor Project Advisor with the Career & Youth Employment Services, Electoral Officer for the Women’s Council with Nishnawbe Aski Nation,  and Facilitator for Confederation College of Applied Arts and Technology. Prior to joining the public service, she worked in her home community, Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek as the Executive Assistant to the Chief & Council and Acting First Nation Administrator.

Brenda is formally educated in the following areas of Administration – Office, Business & Public. She enjoys spending quality time with family and friends, traveling, fishing and puzzles.

Heather Sawdon

Technician First Nation Support Services East

Heather grew up in Sudbury and in 2003 moved to her First Nation of Atikameksheng Anishnawbek.  Heather graduated from the Aboriginal Resource Technician Program at Sault College in 2007, she then became the Forestry Officer at Atikameksheng Anishnawbek and assisted with the development of the Forest Management Plan and the development of the Draft Environmental Management Action Plan and other related policies.

In 2016, she became the A/Lands Registry Clerk and in 2019 was then hired as the Lands Registry Clerk where she was able to learn more about the land code and land code processes and procedures.  She assisted with setting up the Lands Registry system and worked closely with the Land Code Committee developing and drafting laws and policies for Atikameksheng Anishnawbek. In July, of 2019 She became employed with the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre as a Technician.

Heather enjoys spending time with family and watching her daughter play hockey.  She has three kids and one grandson who she truly cherishes.


John Makson

Manager of Communications

John is a proud member of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, from the Wolf Clan, of the Kahienkeha’ka people from South Eastern Ontario. After attending Queen’s university John moved to British Columbia to work with the Federal Treaty Negotiation office in 1998. John moved on to Statistics Canada to work on the 2001 Aboriginal Census and Aboriginal People’s Survey, and then to the start-up First Nations Statistical Institute.

John accepted a full-time position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2007.  John has worked as a field technician in BC and was the Manager for the Western team and was happy to be a part of many successful votes throughout British Columbia. In 2017 John accepted the position of Manager of Communications to help build a new communications team and approach for the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre.

John father of three and enjoys life with his wife Angela and three dogs on Vancouver Island, in the territory of the Malahat First Nation. He and his family love island life, from the island grown foods, great coffee and local artisans. John is an artist and spends much of his free time on a mountain bike chasing son down the mountains.

Suzanne Winch

Communications Specialist

Suzanne Winch began her journey with the Framework Agreement in the early 1990’s, as administrative support to its legislative development.  She began working for the Lands Advisory Board in 1996 and later accepted the role of Manager of Administration for the First Nations Lands Management Resource Centre after it was incorporated in 2001.

Committed to her involvement in support of the Framework Agreement, Suzanne achieved a B.A. in Environmental Studies and consequently accepted a new position within the organization as an Environmental Technician.  With ever-growing First Nations’ interest in the Framework Agreement, and subsequent expansions to the Resource Centre, Suzanne joined the Strategic Planning and Communications team as a Communications Specialist where she helps craft and convey important messaging regarding the significance of the initiative.

Suzanne is mother to three active boys and lives with her husband on Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation traditional territory,  just East of the Resource Centre’s Sutton office in Ontario.  She and her family enjoy all things outdoors.  Suzanne adores sharing her love of the environment with her children and is pursuing studies in Environmental Education and Communication as part of that passion.  Suzanne has a lifetime of experience with animals (both domestic and wild) and expanded on that interest to attain certifications in Animal Sciences from Colorado State University.   Personal passions include photography, caring for her small farm menagerie, gardening, and making memories with her family.

Land Code Governance

Andrew Beynon

Director, Land Code Governance

Andrew Beynon has over thirty years experience working on First Nation lands and self-government. Andrew has worked on land development, environmental protection, environmental assessments, additions to reserve and treaty land entitlement, economic development, specific claims, federal-provincial agreements, optional self-government legislation, taxation, infrastructure projects, reform of federal funding agreements, work with First Nations drafting laws and many other areas.

Andrew was Canada’s lead lawyer on the Nisga’a treaty and has considerable experience with negotiations as well as drafting and has appeared on numerous occasions before Parliamentary Committees. Andrew is one of the authors of “Modern First Nations Legislation Annotated”, a legal publication which includes a chapter dealing with the Framework Agreement and the federal legislation which ratifies the Framework Agreement.

Andrew is married with two “kids” in post secondary studies. Andrew has no time for his wide range of hobbies and interests which range from eternal home renovations to collecting vintage JBL studio monitors originally used by Led Zeppelin and the Rolling Stones, to studying the history of the Nixon administration, as well as to international soccer and playing golf rarely, but always badly.

Jennifer Predie

Manager, Land Code Governance

Jennifer Predie is a member of Six Nations, Onondaga. She is a professionally certified First Nations Land Manager with an applied degree in Environmental Management and diplomas in Terrain and Water Resources. Jennifer began her professional career in 2000 as an Environmental Scientist with EBA Engineering Consultants in Edmonton, AB.

In 2002, Jennifer moved to Regina, SK to work as a Fish Habitat Biologist with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO), and in 2006, she transferred to the DFO Parry Sound, ON District office where she became their Senior Habitat Biologist. In 2013, Jennifer accepted a position as the Lands Manager for Wasauksing First Nation, located on Parry Island in Georgian Bay, leading the First Nation to the successful ratification of their Land Code in 2017.

A proud Haudenosaunee citizen, Jennifer resides just outside Parry Sound, ON, in the traditional territory of the Anishinabek, specifically of the Wasauksing First Nation, with her husband, Jason, and six-year-old daughter, Ava.  Jennifer enjoys spending her summers boating and fishing in Georgian Bay, and her winters shuttling her daughter to her various after-school activities.

Michelle Delorme

Environment & Enforcement Advisor – SK

Michelle Delorme is a member of Muskeg Lake Cree Nation within Treaty 6 Territory in Saskatchewan.  Michelle attained her J.D. from the University of Saskatchewan where she concentrated her studies on First Nations legal issues and corporate law.

After being called to the Bar of The Law Society of Saskatchewan in 2010, she worked in private practice and represented hundreds of residential school survivors within the Independent Assessment Process.  She has also spent time as an instructor within the College of Agriculture and Bioresources and the College of Law at the University of Saskatchewan.

Michelle’s practice has focused primarily on Aboriginal, environmental and corporate law.  She has experience in areas that are based exclusively on the legal issues of First Nations people across Canada, including Specific Claims, land and economic development, trust drafting and taxation law matters.  Michelle has appeared in all levels of court in Saskatchewan.  She is an advisor on the environmental and enforcement team for the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre. During her spare time, Michelle enjoys playing and coaching hockey, golfing, CrossFit and watching football.

Kevin Broughton

Enforcement Advisor – East

Kevin Broughton served 33 years with Ontario Provincial Police now living in Thunder Bay Ontario.  Kevin served across Ontario in the capacity of Provincial Constable posted to Schreiber, Temagami, Rolphton, and Pembroke. Kevin was promoted to the rank of Identification Constable posted to the Kenora, London, and the Tillsonburg Forensic Unit.

Kevin has worked extensively with First Nation communities throughout northern and southern Ontario. Kevin worked for the Ontario College of Trades as an Inspector, Manager of Investigations, Courts and Hearings and transferred to the position of Project Manager for their new Records Management system.

Some of Kevin’s Career Highlights:

OPP Underwater Search and Recovery Diver, Marine Operator, Certified in Clandestine Drug Lab Investigation, and handling of Chemical, Nuclear, Biological Warfare agents, Court Qualified to offer opinion evidence in all three levels of Court including at Coroner’s Inquest. As a member of the investigative team in the capacity of Forensic Identification officer, he was involved in many homicide cases, some being the largest high-profile homicide investigations in Ontario. Kevin was appointed and served as Fire Chief for 4 years in Temagami Ontario.

Kevin enjoyed building his home in Thunder Bay with his wife, flying radio-controlled planes, fishing and riding his motorcycle a Honda Goldwing.

Gail Starr

Environment & Enforcement Advisor – BC

Gail Starr is a member of the Seabird Island First Nation in the Sto:lo (people of the river) Territory located the Upper Fraser Valley in BC.  Gail joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 1987 she completed the Police training program in Regina, SK.

She was transferred back to BC working in Northern BC, after seven years she was posted to central BC, four years after that she was posted to her home territory in the Upper Fraser Valley. All Gail’s service was in First Nations Policing. After 30 years service Gail retired from the RCMP.  In 2017 Gail accepted a position with First Nations Land Management Resource Centre as the Environment and Enforcement Advisor for the BC. Region.

Gail her husband and their daughter build a house on Gail’s family land on Seabird Island First Nation, they have a passion for camping, fishing, hunting and hiking.

Stefanie Recollet

Waste Management Specialist

Stefanie Recollet is a member of Wahnapitae First Nation, in Northern Ontario. She is from the Crane Clan and a proud Anishinaabe kwe. Stefanie’s academic background includes a bachelors in Law, a certificate in Community Development and she holds numerous certifications related to land and environment management.

She spent 6 years working in Environmental Management within her home community before moving to Waabnoong Bemjiwang Tribal Council as the Waste Management Coordinator. She has since joined the Resource Centre’s Environment and Enforcement team as the Solid Waste Specialist where she leads the development of strategies for improving environmental governance in solid waste and is a resource in law development, management planning, implementation and protections.

Adam Wright

Planner, Land Code Governance

Adam Wright is a registered professional planner (RPP, MCIP) and works as a Land Code Governance Planner with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre. Over the past 10 + years Adam’s work has spanned various sectors including private, non-profit, government and academia with a specific focus on the planning processes that regulate and guide land development on First Nations land. In his role with the Resource Centre, Adam provides land-use planning support to signatory Communities which includes offering any relevant expertise, resources, information, advice and guidance.

Having been raised, educated and employed on Treaty 7 lands in Alberta and Treaty 3 lands in Ontario, Adam has a tremendous sense of gratitude to the land and the to the First Peoples from these lands. Resulting from this, and also being cognizant of the deep negative impacts of colonialism and the Indian Act, Adam recognizes his responsibility to support First Nation communities as they seek to exercise self-government over their lands. Adam is honoured to support First Nations with respect to lands management and governance of their lands and views this work to be a critical component of his responsibility towards reconciliation efforts.

Adam lives in Calgary with his wife and two daughters and spends his free time playing with his kidlets as well as ultimate frisbee, squash, basketball and anything else that gets the legs moving. When time allows, Adam likes to strum the guitar and torture his neighbours and family with off-key singing.

Stephen McGlenn

Specialist, Land Use Planning & Curriculum Delivery

Stephen McGlenn grew up on a farm in Southern Alberta, in Treaty 7 Territory. He completed his Bachelor of Arts (with Honours and Distinction) in Native American Studies at the University of Lethbridge in 2010. As a student, he was very active as an advocate for indigenous rights, social justice and climate change action.

He then moved to the West Coast and in 2015 completed a Master of Arts degree at UBC, specializing in Indigenous Community Planning. Stephen then worked as a Lands & Resources Manager and faced the complex challenges and opportunities of implementing indigenous self-government.

Stephen now works for the RC in the Planning & Readiness Department as Specialist in Curriculum Delivery & Planning. Stephen delivers curriculum related to Land-Use Planning, such as workshops, webinars, and other training, in order to foster internal planning capacity in communities.

Stephen also provides land-use planning support to signatory communities, offering expertise, resources, information, advice and guidance.  

Stephen lives in Stó:lō Territory with his partner Bonnie, their dog Tula and cat Oreo. He loves nature and enjoys hiking. He also loves recording music at home. He listens to and records all kinds of music but he especially loves heavy metal.

Leeanna Rhodes

GIS Specialist

Leeanna Rhodes, a member of the Muscowpetung Saulteaux First Nation, has over 35 years GIS experience, over 25 years of using GPS and over 25 years working with First Nation Organizations.  Leeanna received her professional training from Simon Fraser University to BCIT and attending several ESRI hosted GIS certified workshops.  Leeanna has shared her knowledge with many First Nations’ community members on how to use a GPS and map that same data on GIS, which include Haida Gwai, Gitsan, Wetsewatan, Doig River and many communities in British Columbia.

Leeanna gained her Land Code experience from working with the community AQAM as their Lands Officer for over 5 years.

She has applied GIS to many disciplines such as forestry, anthropology, Oil and Gas, Mining, Archaeology and Land Code mapping.  She has worked with several organizations such as Treaty 8 Tribal Association, Sto:lo Nation, Ktunaxa Kinbasket Tribal Council, Shuswap Nation to name a few.

Some of the products developed by Ms. Rhodes include, but not limited to: Maps made for the documentary/video Peace Out; the book Where Happiness Dwells-A History of the Dane-Zaa First Nations and The Sto:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas.

Leeanna has been married for over 35 years, is also the mother of two adult children and the proud grandmother of two amazing grandsons.

She enjoys NASCAR, POWWOWS and being with her family as much as possible.

Zara Contin

Specialist, Traditional Knowledge

Zara Contin is Aniishnaabe (Ojibwa) and grew up in Henvey Inlet First Nation within the Robinson Huron Treaty Territory. She has a background in Environmental Science holding a B.ScH. (Bachelors Degree in Environmental Sciences) where she studied a multidisciplinary program of applying both Indigenous knowledge and Western Science with Trent University.  Zara began to observe the complex environmental impacts facing Indigenous communities, government relationships with First nations and society. She also holds a certificate in Project Management.  She has served her community in an environmental services capacity since graduating where Zara was most recently employed working for the Indigenous Environmental Keepers Program for the past few years as a Teaching Assistant and then Lead Instructor. She has worked on a range of projects including First Nations’ Environment Management, Biodiversity Climate Change and adaptation, as well as Health and Traditional Knowledge with Indigenous groups – Youth, Elders, and organizations.

Her background is in community engagement, facilitation, land-based education, cross-cultural training, climate change, and youth development. She enjoys working with elders, educators and young people, and with the exchange of Scientific and Traditional Knowledge with communities and knowledge holders of the land.  She is fortunate to have learned from skilled and knowledgeable mentors, this has allowed her to build strong working relationships with a variety of partners and Elders across Canada.  Zara is most inspired by the knowledge, power and strength that comes through our ancestral and cultural teachings. Zara is passionate about her traditional language, culture and environment. She has learned to instill the laws of the land with her continued knowledge of traditional teachings and ceremony to guide and teach our youth and communities to generate change and integrate our Anishnabae values and beliefs for First Nation communities.  She enjoys working on projects to protect First Nation communities natural habitat and species and maximizing opportunities to engage in cross-cultural learning provided through multiple spheres – from community research, to working with elders, educators and youth on the land.

When Zara is away from her work, she loves teaching Yoga as a certified instructor in her home community and is an outdoor enthusiast. She carries a close connection to our Mother Earth through ceremony and everything she has been gifted with she continues to pass her knowledge and provide a strong resiliency in our communities. She is also blessed to be a mother to two beautiful children and are her foundation as she walks on this earth.

Angie Derrickson

Angie Derrickson

Manager: Training, Mentorship & Professional Development

Angie Derrickson is a proud member of Westbank First Nation, which is located in south central British Columbia, Canada. Her career started at
Westbank, with roles in Administration, Intergovernmental Affairs, and Senior Lands Officer from 2000 to 2010, while completing her Professional Lands Management Certification at the University of Saskatchewan in 2009. She later contributed to the development and delivery of Parts 1, 2, 3 of the BCAFN Governance Toolkit. In June 2013, Angie was delighted to join the RC team and has since completed JIBC Associate Certificate in Training & Facilitation.

Angie has assisted with governance and implementation activities under the WFN Self‐Government Agreement, including community working groups, treaty, land acquisition, land code, law development and land registry system. She currently sits on both the WFN Public Arts Committee and WFN Allotment Commission.

From 2010 to 2013, Angie joined BC Assembly of First Nations as a Policy Analyst, where she continued to promote awareness of first nation governance initiatives and contributed to the BCAFN Governance Toolkit; supporting community governance structures and engagement tools.

In June 2013, Angie joined the Resource Centre providing support to First Nations under the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management where she continues to develop her skills by achieving an Associate Certificate in Training and Facilitation at the Justice Institute of British Columbia in 2018, and continues to support strategic approaches for Training, Mentorship and Professional Development for Land Management across Canada.

Leana Farlam

Specialist, Curriculum Development Knowledge Sharing

Leana Farlam has a passion for education and she believes in the importance of sharing knowledge and making information accessible to all. Her dedication to education is evident through her academic achievements. Leana has completed a Bachelor of Environmental Studies, a Bachelor of Education and a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction. Additionally, she has obtained a certificate in Online Learning Design and Development from Algonquin College.

Her role at the Resource Centre perfectly aligns with her own beliefs and passions. Leana works as the Curriculum Development – Knowledge Sharing Specialist. Her job is to create courses on a wide range of topics that are shared with communities. Her goal is to create factual, relevant and engaging content for everyone to enjoy!

Outside of work, Leana enjoys practicing yoga and trying new restaurants. She often has a book on the go – usually about yoga, or meditation! You may also find her hiking through local trails followed by her two pups or enjoying a movie with her husband.

Lise Steele

Coordinator, Training, Mentorship & Professional Development

Lise Steele is a proud member of the We Wai Kai Nation, located on both Vancouver and Quadra Island’s. After moving back home to the Quinsam Reserve in Campbell River in 2001, Lise changed her career path by attending the University of Victoria where she earned a certificate in Aboriginal Language Revitalization; while teaching the language she became interested in LANDS which then lead her into the position of Land Code Coordinator and she began further training at the University of Saskatchewan – Professional Lands Management Certificate.

During that time the We Wai Kai Nation voted on and ratified their own Land Code and the implantation process began. Lise continued her studies by attending Thompson River University – Tulo Program for First Nations Tax Administration and is a certified tax administrator. Lise accepted a position with the Resource Centre in 2016 and had has worked as a field technician on Vancouver Island as well as Event Planner for the organization. Working with the Resource Centre and First Nations across this country is truly exciting!

Lise is married with one grown daughter along with their wolf dog Shadow enjoy life on the Quinsam Reserve.

Sharon Jack

Administrative Assistant

Sharon Jack is a member of the Osoyoos Indian Band in the Syilx territory located in the southern interior of British Columbia.  She received her education from Thompson Rivers University attaining a Diploma in Business Administration (Marketing).  She worked for the Okanagan Indian Band for a number of years in the Social Development department.

She then took time off from work to raise her children until they were both full-time students in elementary.  Sharon started working with the Lands Advisory Board in April 2007; working as Executive Assistant to the LAB Chairman.  In April 2017, she then moved over to her current position with the Planning & Readiness team where she is the Administrative Assistant among her other duties.

Sharon is married to Ernest M. Jack (OJ), they have two adult children; Kylie who is in her final year at Simon Fraser University, majoring in Criminology and Austin is in his first year at UBCO.  The family resides on the Westbank First Nation in the Syilx Territory.  Sharon’s interests include golf, volunteering and she has found that she has a knack for Traditional crafting, after taking a class at the En’owkin Centre (Penticton) in January 2017 – she enjoys beading, basket weaving, working with leather and sewing.


Tania Bigstone

Survey Advisor

Tania Bigstone is from the Bigstone Cree Nation located in northern Alberta. She graduated with an honors diploma in the Geomatics Engineering Technology program from the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology in Edmonton, Alberta.

Upon graduation, she started working for the Federal Government Department of Natural Resources Canada.  She started her career in the Cadastral Unit reviewing survey plans and other survey related documentation and advanced to reviewing historical documentation relating to jurisdictional boundaries of Canada Lands.  She eventually transferred to the Yellowknife office, where she was involved with the indigenous land claim negotiations in the Northwest Territories.  In 2003 Tania transferred back the Edmonton office, where she was involved in First Nations Land Management.

She obtained her Canada Lands Surveyors Commission in 2004.  Four years later, she moved to Prince Edward Island and began working part-time with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre.  For a brief period, between 2011 to 2013, Tania took a position with a PEI survey company and obtained her PEI Land Surveyors Commission.

In 2013, Tania returned as a full-time consultant for the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre.  She currently lives in Nova Scotia and assists those First Nations who are signatories to the Framework Agreement on First Nation Land Management on surveys and survey related issues, as well as managing the contracts issued by the Resource Centre for surveys on First Nation’s Lands across Canada.