Chief and Council 

Chief and Council

Chief

Marcel HappyjackThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Finance, Administration, Housing, New Initiatives

Deputy Chief

Ronnie OttereyesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Mining, Forestry, Subsidiaries

Councillors

Alexander MosesThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: External Affairs, Economic Development

Flora BlacksmithThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Justice and Law

Michael GrantThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Police

Andy MetabieThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Sports and Leisure, Minor Sports Association, Youth

Marlene I. KitchenThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Elders, Culture, Touris, Womens' Association

Gloria JollyThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Health, Education

Don SaganashThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Portfolios: Cree Way of Life, Land

Communication and Public Relations

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1, Chief Louis R. Gull street
Diom Blacksmith Building
P.O. Box 30
Waswanipi, Québec, J0Y 3C0

Phone: (819) 753-2587
Fax: (819) 753-2555

Vision and Mission

Waswanipi-River-in-the-even Allan L. Cooper 2009Since 1974, the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi Chief and Council have been responsible for overseeing the development of the community and provide ongoing support to its community members through various types of service delivery.

With a population of 1400 members, we are a community that is thriving and developing at a rapid pace. Our community is the Cree community that is located the most south of the Cree Nation.

Vision

The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi is a sustainable and prosperous Nation within the global environment; it remains strong and healthy by preserving our Cree way of life.

Mission

We are a self governing people. Our identity is reflected in a distinct system of Government, laws, philosophy, language, culture, heritage and customs. We are a proud Nation with strong values, traditions and beliefs.

We are the caretakers and the guardians of Waswanipi Cree Lands. We work together to provide a prosperous future for generations to come. We respectfully pass on our knowledge and expertise.

We are good citizens. We support and respect each other.

We protect and promote our culture through the wisdom and teaching of our Elders.

We provide an economical, beneficial, and sustainable environment and society.

We work as a team to build a friendly, beautiful and safe community.

Executive Committee

Marcel Happyjack, Chief

Ronnie Ottereyes, Deputy Chief

Flora Blacksmith, Council Member

Marlene I. Kitchen, Council Member

Jonathan Sutherland, Director General

Laurie Neeposh, Treasurer (Interim)

Jackie Barney, Corporate Secretary

Natalie Icebound, Executive Assistant (Interim)

Management Committee

The Management Committee consists of all the Directors of the different departments in the Band Administration office. It is supervised by the Director General.  This committee reports to the Chief and Council and General Assembly.

  • Treasurer
  • Director General
  • Director of Human Resources
  • Director of Social Development
  • Director of Capital Projects
  • Director of Natural Resources
  • Director of Community Services

Purpose

The purpose of this committee is to oversee the administration of the Band Office. Each director prepares and presents community and departmental plans and annual budgets of the First Cree Nation to the Chief and Council for approval. This information gets transmitted to all departments and to the General Assembly.

Objectives

The objective of the Committee is to outline community activities, projects, transfer of funds, programs, ensure proper management of personnel, and other related responsibilities. The main principle is to have department directors responsible and accountable and prepare plans for their annual activities within their proposed budgets.

Corporate Secretary

The Office of the Corporate Secretary serves as an important function within the administration of Cree First Nation of Waswanipi as it works directly with the Chief and Council members.  This officer holds this position in application of the Cree Naskapi Act and is one of the few named positions found in the law, alongside that of Chief, Deputy Chief, Councillor and Treasurer.

Under the direction of the Council of the Cree First Nation of Waswanipi, the Corporate Secretary is responsible for the safekeeping of all books, records and documents of the Band, and the preparation of the minutes of all Council, Management Committee and General Assembly meetings.  The Corporate Secretary has the custody of the corporate seal and books of the band and certifies any by-law or resolution issued by the Band, keeps all documents/cds provided from meetings, sees that all books, reports, certificates and other documents and records required by-law are properly kept and filed.

The Corporate Secretary from time to time advises Council on technical matters under its control or direction by providing it with background material and information enabling it to make sound decisions and by submitting recommendations for the efficient operation of programs, projects and Band activities.

The Corporate Secretary also provides technical assistance to the Office of the Chief, Councillors, members of Management Committee and to the Deputy Chief.

The Corporate Secretary’s office is a non-political function in which the holder of the position is considered as the keeper of Council’s governmental records and makes sure that the integrity of the official archives, composed mainly of resolutions, minutes and by-laws is maintained at all times.

Jackie Barney, Corporate Secretary
The Cree First Nation of Waswanipi

1 Chief Louis Gull, Street
Waswanipi, Quebec
J0Y 3C0

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Tel: (819) 753-2587

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