Board of Directors

 

James Morris

James Morris, born in 1947, is from Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug (Big Trout Lake) in Northern Ontario. For the first nine years of his life, he lived on the trap line with his family. At nine years of age, he contracted tuberculosis and was sent to a hospital in what is now Thunder Bay for 22 months. It was here that he learned to speak English, his first language being Anishinabe. James began his career in education and communications, playing a leadership role in the creation of the Wawatay Native Communications Society and continuing his involvement in Anishinabe communications by working for the Northern Native Broadcast Access Program in the Department of Secretary of State from 1984 to 1988. Between 1988 and 2000 James was the Deputy Grand Chief of Nishnawbe-Aski Nation (NAN) where he was responsible for the Health and Social Services portfolio. Since 2001, he has been the Executive Director of the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority.

James and his late wife, Joanne Wetelainen, have one son, Kelvin. James’ elder son is Spencer Morris who lives in Muskrat Dam with his wife, Amanda and their children Dakota, Julia, John George and Niedra.

 

Colleen Martin

Colleen Martin grew up part of a large family, in a small town in northern Ontario; Atikokan. She attended Carleton University in Ottawa, obtaining a Bachelor of Commerce with Honours in Accounting, then returned to the north to Thunder Bay where she had met her best friend Bruce. She and Bruce married in 1987 and have two children, Tamara and Jarred, and a beautiful grandson Noah. Colleen has been active in The Catholic Women’s League of Canada for a number of years and currently sits on the provincial executive. Her career has led her through a journey with First Nations for nearly 25 years working with Nishnawbe Aski Nation, Nishnawbe Aski Development Fund and the National Aboriginal Capital Corporations Association. Colleen actively works to bring understanding of, and compassion for, the challenges faced by First Nation peoples through awareness of history and Indian legislation. Her passion is to see First Nation communities and people, in particular the youth, experience education, health and prosperity.
 

Corinne Fox

Corinne's bio to be added shortly.
 

Anthony Carfagnini

Born in Toronto, Tony attended the University of Toronto, obtaining an Honours Bachelor of Arts degree in 1974. He then went on to graduate cum laude in Law (LL.B) at the University of Ottawa, before moving to Thunder Bay. Tony has been providing corporate and business law advice to individuals, businesses, non-profit organizations, and First Nations in Northwestern Ontario for over 35 years. He is increasingly called upon to assist First Nations with natural resource development opportunities in both renewable resources -renewable resources such as mining. Tony has served as the Director of the Northern Ontario Development Corporation (NODC), and chair of NODC, working on the Policy and Governance Committee with policy responsibility for all of the Ontario Development Corporations. Tony’s current interests include corporate governance and risk management for non-profit corporations and First Nations, training of volunteer directors, aboriginal economic development ventures, and the complex and increasingly important law of aboriginal consultation and accommodation. He is regularly called upon to provide training to directors of non- profit organizations in remote communities within the territory of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation through the Nisnawbe Aski Nation Legal Services Corporation.
 

Angela Madussi

Angela Madussi grew up in the small community of Ear Falls, Ontario located about 480km northwest of Thunder Bay. Angela then moved to Toronto to attend Ryerson University and pursue a Bachelor degree in Business, majoring in Accounting. Upon graduation in June of 2010, she went on to receive her Certified Professional Accountant – Chartered Accountant designation in 2014 while working at BDO Canada LLP in Dryden, Ontario. Angela later became the Director of Finance for the Sioux Lookout First Nations Health Authority where she began managing Mikinakoos Children’s Fund. Her work in setting up Mikinakoos Children’s Fund was essential to the development of the charity. She worked with the Board of Directors, and coordinated with potential donors and other consultants to secure funding to hire an intern through the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation. Since then, Angela has accepted a position at Domtar Inc. in Dryden as a Business Analyst, and enjoys an active lifestyle living in northwestern Ontario. Angela became a Board Member for Mikinakoos Children’s Fund in March of 2016, and also sits on the Audit Committee for the Dryden Regional Health Centre.

 

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