Board of Trustees
SHEILA SUTHERLAND is the proud mother of two children and a member of the Beardy’s & Okemasis First Nation. She is a graduate from the University of Saskatchewan receiving a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in Accounting and has a Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager designation.
Sheila has been employed with First Nation communities and organizations for over 20 years with the last 15 serving in the area of financial management and co-management. Sheila joined the First Nation Trust as a Trustee in November 2009 and has been appointed Chairperson since May 2011. She brings years of experience as a Board member as she served on the Willow Cree Healing Lodge and Thunder Oil Ltd, a Co-Manager and a Third Party Manager for various First Nations and a member of numerous oversight committees. Sheila has experience in the drafting, implementation and evaluation of financial management acts and policies. She continues to undertake her responsibilities as Chairperson with integrity and utmost professionalism.
LINDA OKANEE grew up in Ka-pi-ti-ko-nah (Thunderchild First Nation) and her first language is Cree. She has a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina, a Master of Business Administration from the University of Saskatchewan and a Certified PRofessional Accountant (CMA) designation and is member in good standing. She has recenly become a board member of the Aboriginal Financial Officers of Saskatchewan chapter.
Linda has held various positions including Band Manager, other executive management positions, member of various boards and oversight committees and has created her own management consulting company. She has been with the First Nations Trust since February 2011. Linda is a member of the Thunderchild First Nation, Treaty 6 territory. Her top three hobbies are exercising, reading, and making traditional crafts.
Joe Munroe became a Member of the Board of Trustees in February 2013. He is the founding first president of Muskoday Organic Growers Coop in Muskoday First Nation Indian Reserve, Treaty 6 Cree territory, Canada. He was educated by his Cree Elders in addition to this attendance at the Univeristy of Saskatchewan, University of Regina, Trinity Western University, and the International Agroecology Shortcourse at University of California-Santa Cruz, California. His areas of University study have been Agriculture and Economics, Law, Education, Aviation, Arts and Sciences and Tribal Justice.
Mr. Munroe has been a businessman in various capacities and a sole proprietor. His various employment have been in Business Development and Management, Government, First Nations Economic and Social Development, Restorative Justice for Tribal Council, and Law enforcement. His most recent position has been Indigenous Peoples Field Coordinator for Heifer Project International – Canada. World headquarters are in Little Rock, Arkansas. His work there has included Indigenous Peoples food sovereignty, and reclamation of Indigenous Foods and Food systems by Indigenous people.
Everette Bear has served on the First Nations Trust Board of Trustees since its inception in 2003. He came to the FNT with valuable experience in both the public and private sectors. In the past, he served four years as Councillor and six years as Chief of Muskoday First Nation. Everette has extensive Board and Commission service, having served with The Saskatchewan Indian Loan Company (SILCO), Saskatchewan Wheat Board, the Agricultural Credit Corporation (ACC), Enterprise Saskatchewan, and the Saskatchewan Liquor and Gaming Commission. He has been Vice-Chair of the of the Agricultural Council of Saskatchewan and is the former Vice-Chair of the Board of Directors of the Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation. Everette is an experienced farmer, small business owner and has held school bus contracts for many years. Everette says he particularly enjoys working in an atmosphere where the best interests of the people come first.
DELORIS DELORME was accepted to the Board of Trustees in February 2014, is a member of the Cowessess First Nation, married, a mother of two grown children and a grandmother.
She possesses a Diploma of Administration (Indian Business Management) from SIIT/SIAST as well as a Bachelor of Administration from the University of Regina. Her previous Board/Committee experience includes Fort Qu’Appelle Chamber of Commerce and SIAST’s Regional Needs Assessment Group.
Deloris’ employment history consists of work pertaining to Research and Development, Training and Program Consulting and financial/administrative roles within First Nation organizations and the private, public sectors. She was also elected and served a 3 year term as Band Councillor/Vice Chief.
It gives her great pleasure and satisfaction whenever/wherever she can utilize her work experiences and education to benefit First Nations peoples in any capacity she can.
Noland Henderson was appointed to the First Nations Trust, Board of Trustees in 2003. Speaking about the Trust, he believes that, “this group of Trustees and our staff, have come along way in establishing confidence in the Trust.” Noland brings a lot of experience to the Trust in a variety of ways. He has served as police officer with the RCMP, seven years as a school principal in Montreal Lake and sitting on the Sasktel Board of Directors for 6 years. Noland served as Commissioner for the Saskatchewan Police Commission until May 2009 which he ended after two three year terms. His other achievements include serving three terms as Chief and four as a band councilor for Montreal lake Cree Nation. He is actively involved in other boards and committees such as First Vice-Chair of the Board of Governors for Northern Teacher Education Program (NORTEP).