• Valérie Courtois

    Valérie is a registered professional forester who specializes in Indigenous issues, forest ecology and ecosystem-based management and planning.  She is a member of the Innu community of Mashteuiatsh, located on the shore of Peikuakami, or Lac-St-Jean. Courtois holds a degree…...Full Bio

  • Sean Durkan

    Sean Durkan worked as a journalist in England until he was recruited by the Calgary Sun. He went on to serve in Ottawa as national parliamentary bureau chief and syndicated columnist for Sun Media. He was a regular CTV, and…...Full Bio

  • Serge Ashini Goupil

    Serge Ashini Goupil is a member of the Innu Nation from Matimekush Lac John (Schefferville). He obtained a Bachelor of Science degree from l’Université de Sherbrooke and a graduate diploma in project management from l’UQAC. Ashini Goupil has worked for…...Full Bio

  • Larry Innes

    Innes is a partner at Olthuis, Kleer, Townshend LLP, a leading Canadian law firm practicing in the areas of indigenous and environmental law. He represents and advises indigenous communities across the North on land and resource management issues, including the…...Full Bio

  • Melody Morrison

    Melody Morrison has worked with First Nations and Aboriginal organizations across the country for several decades, including on constitutional, land claims and self-government negotiations, education matters and resource development issues. She offers strategic, government relations and communications advice, does speech…...Full Bio

  • Steven Nitah

    Steven Nitah was raised by his great grandparents on the land around Lutsel K’e in the Northwest Territories. Nitah was elected Chief of Lutsel K’e Dene First Nations in 2008. He brought his community to the table with the Government…...Full Bio

  • Shaunna Morgan Siegers

    Shaunna Morgan Siegers was born and raised in Manitoba. She is a member of the Crees of Waskaganish First Nation situated on the southern shores of James Bay in Eeyou Istchee. A scientist with bachelors and master degrees in botany,…...Full Bio

  • 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 his life on a trapline near Good Hope Lake, B.C.…...Full Bio

  • 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 1996, he served as President of the Haida Nation. Richardson…...Full Bio

  • Carol Kavanagh

    Honoured to provide administrative support to the Indigenous Leadership Initiative team, Kavanagh has a background in graphic design, academic editing and small business. Her volunteer efforts have contributed to the legalization of midwifery in Ontario, independent schooling and the local…...Full Bio