The Indigenous Leadership Initiative’s advisors help ensure our activities create change on the ground.

  • Dave Courchene

    Dave Courchene

    Dave Courchene—Nii Gaani Aki Inini (Leading Earth Man)—is the founder of the Turtle Lodge. The lodge is located on the Sagkeeng First Nation in Manitoba and provides a place for…...Full bio

  • Stephen Kakfwi

    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, Metis and Inuit. He…...Full bio

  • Ovide Mercredi

    Ovide Mercredi

    Ovide Mercredi is a Cree born in the northern community of Grand Rapids. He served his community as Chief of Misipawistik Cree Nation from 2005 to 2011. He was a…...Full bio

  • Dave Porter

    Dave Porter

    Dave Porter is a member of the Kaska Nation, whose traditional territory covers a large part of northeastern British Columbia and southeastern Yukon. He spent the first seven years of…...Full bio

  • Miles Richardson

    Miles 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…...Full bio

  • Bev Sellers

    Bev Sellars

    Bev Sellars is a former councillor and chief of the Xat’sull (Soda Creek) First Nation in Williams Lake, British Columbia. First elected chief of Xat’sull in 1987, a position she…...Full bio