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FNTI BOARD OF DIRECTORS   -  VOLUNTEER OPPORTUNITY

The FNTI Board of Directors is seeking individuals passionate about education and training as a means of building the capacity of Indigenous people and their communities.

FNTI mission: To share unique educational experiences, rooted in Indigenous knowledge, thereby enhancing the strength of learners and communities. 

We look forward to hearing from you if you: 

  •  Are a community focused person who values Indigenous culture and knowledge; 
  •  Wish to provide your service to work collaboratively with regard to the overall governance of FNTI;
  •  Have a background in education and training, marketing and communications, finance and/or governance;  and are over the age of 18.

Applicants are invited to submit a letter of intent, a resume and three references to:

FNTI Board of Directors

Attention: Board Secretary

3 Old York Road

Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario K0K 1X0

Email: (christine@fnti.net)

 

BOARD OF DIRECTORS

 
Ralph C. Brant, Chair – Ralph has a background in both finance and law.  He holds a CMA degree as well as LLB and specializes in negotiation and mediation. Ralph has extensive work experience in both the private and public sectors. He retired from the federal government in 2009. 
 
 
 
Jennifer Neepin, Vice-Chair –  Jennifer, a MBQ member, has been a director for eight years, but her interest and involvement in FNTI go back even further – her mother Joan Brant, was one of FNTI’s founders and Jennifer did a co-op placement here while studying at Fleming College. Her lifelong commitment to education began as a young girl at the kitchen table listening to nightly discussions about the necessity of creating local learning opportunities and the benefit of enhancing mainstream learning with traditional knowledge. It’s a conversation she now carries on with her two children.

Jennifer has held various positions in her community, as Director of Finance and Administration, and in the corporate world, in the branch network of a bank. She is currently an Associate with Rodgers Investment Consulting, where she contributes her First Nations executive knowledge and perspective. Jennifer holds a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree from University of Manitoba and a CAFM (Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager) designation from AFOA Canada (formerly Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Canada).

 
 
Winston R. Brant, Secretary/Treasurer – Now retired, Winston has 25 years experience in the federal and provincial government justice systems.  He is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
 
 
 
Bob Watts, Director – Bob Watts has been involved in many major Indigenous issues in Canada over the past 30 years and led the process, with support from across Canada and internationally, to establish Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which is examining and will make recommendations regarding the Indian Residential School era and its legacy. He was Interim Executive Director of the Commission and was a member of the team which negotiated the historic Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement.
 
Bob is also a former CEO of the Assembly of First Nations, served as the Chief of Staff to the Assembly of First Nations’ National Chief Phil Fontaine, and is a former Assistant Deputy Minister for the Government of Canada and Senior Executive with the Province of Ontario.
 
Bob is a graduate of the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University, and fellow at the Harvard Law School. He works on the Nuclear Waste Management Organization’s Siting Process, is an adjunct professor and fellow in the School of Policy Studies, Queen’s University, and is a member of the Leadership Council to McGill University’s Institute for the Study of International Development. He has taught, debated and lectured at a number of universities in Canada and the United States and at the Canada School of Public Service.  Bob is from Mohawk and Ojibway ancestry and resides at Six Nations Reserve.
 
 
 
 
 
Kate Brant, Director – Kate has spent many years promoting and supporting Indigenous education and culture. A graduate FNTI's Indigenous Community Health Approaches program, she now serves as one if its program volunteer advisors. Kate works as an Indigenous Community Development Worker with the Napanee Area Community Health Centre where she is a passionate advocate for the braiding together of Indigenous Culture with mainstream healthcare for urban Indigenous People. Kate also is a member of the Kingston-area Grandmothers Council,  a member of the Tyendinaga Health Advisory Committee and the Tyendinaga Education Committee. She is also an avid crafter and cook who loves to infuse modern recipes with traditional Indigenous foods.
 

Donna Loft, Director – Donna is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte and holds the Health Program Advisor role at Chiefs of Ontario, that has required her to have a detailed understanding of the many issues facing First Nation in Ontario and across Canada. Using this knowledge Donna was a partner in bringing a successful Home & Community Care program to the First Nations of Ontario. In addition to this significant experience in the Health Services Donna has in depth and practical experience working with Child Welfare Programs on First Nations as Director of Health and Social Services, the development and production of DVD educational tools for Case Management and End of Life practices essential in the face of the aging population on First Nations and the development of a Chronic Disease Management Summit program.
 
In addition to all of the preceding, Donna has experience in the Social and Justice fields receiving appointment to the Ontario Parole Board,she received a "Foundation for Democracy Award” from the Taiwan Government  and acts as a representative for the Office of the Correctional Investigator in the Federal Correctional Services System.

 

 
Debra Vincent, Director – 
 
 
 
Doug Maracle, Tyendinaga Mohawk Council Liaison – 
 
 
 
 
FNTI Board of Directors
Volunteer Opportunity
The FNTI Board of Directors is seeking individuals passionate about education and training as a means of building the capacity of Indigenous people and their communities.
 
FNTI's Mission is to:
To share unique educational experiences, rooted in Indigenous knowledge, thereby enhancing the strength of learners and communities.
 
 
We look forward to hearing from you if you: 
  •  are a community focused person who values indigenous culture and knowledge; 
  •  wish to provide your service to work collaboratively with regard to the overall governance of FNTI;
  •  have a background in education and training, marketing and communications, finance and/or governance;  
  •  and are over the age of 18.
 
Applicants are invited to submit a letter of intent, a resume and three references to:
 
FNTI Board of Directors
Attention: Board Secretary
3 Old York Road
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, Ontario K0K 1X0
Email: (boardsecretary@fnti.net)