FNTI'S EXECUTIVE TEAM
Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant, M.E.S, I.M.C, P.H.C.P,
Adam Hopkins, B.A., P.M.P.A.
VICE PRESIDENT, ACADEMIC
DEAN, TEACHING EXCELLENCE AND LEARNING
Karma Chukdong holds a Master of Arts, International Studies, UofT; an Honors BA, History, UofT; BA, Education, U of T. He has served as a teacher in two remote fly-in First Nation communities, first Big Trout Lake 209, ON and later Kasabonika Lake First Nation 210, ON.
Initially Karma was looking for similarities between Indigenous education and Indigenous Tibetan education models. After a short time, he noticed that the Ontario curriculum lacked cultural sensitivity in order to serve the needs of our First Nation learners and communities. Consequently, Karma adjusted his daily lesson plans and delivery to a more learner-centred model. From there he decided to earn additional qualifications make more concrete, positive change in school systems, both in curriculum and management. He eventually acquired a second master's degree from the University of Toronto in education.
His Master of Education degree focused on post-colonial curriculum, policy, teaching, leadership, and education management. He wrote academic texts which addressed immediate concerns in education management today. These findings can be implemented by any administrator or educator who holds compassionate leadership as her or his philosophical pedagogy.
Some published titles are: Educational Leadership: A Student-Centered Approach, Education Management: Building Student Success, and The Human Family.
DIRECTOR STUDENT SUCCESS AND SERVICE DELIVERY
Ian comes to this position with graduate degrees from Queen’s University, including his Master of Arts (MA) degree and his Master of Theological Studies (MTS). He is nearing completion of his PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s. His doctoral research topic is Indigenous Masculinities, and he is planning to defend his completed dissertation in 2017. He completed his undergraduate degree through distance education at Athabasca University. Ian has also completed a three-year diploma in Business Administration – Human Resources Management from St. Lawrence College, as well as a General Arts and Science Diploma from St. Lawrence College.
Ian has worked for many years in the fields of education, curriculum design, teaching, workshop facilitation and social work. He has worked with and advocated for Indigenous students through previous roles at Queen’s University, St. Lawrence College, KEYS Employment Services and Ontario March of Dimes.
Ian is a member of the Shabot Obaadjiwan Algonquin community in Sharbot Lake.