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.
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.