Hotel Details:

Book By October 2, 2017, for the Special Room Rate of $149/night. 
Reservation code “G0VJ17A” or mention it is for the GDN conference
Rama hotel phone number: 1-800-832-7529 


Meals covered by the GDN

Tuesday - breakfast, Lunch
Wednesday – breakfast, lunch and dinner event
Thursday – breakfast, lunch

​For any questions or concerns please contact Mathew Lane, Executive Director @

Email: ,  Office: 807-286-7766, Mobile: 807:631-5662 or Fax 807-286-7765

or visit us

Noella Jacko is an Ojibwe from Wikwemikong Unceded Territory.  She has been with the Wikwemikong Band Administration since 1995 as Lands Manager Assistant to Lands Director in 2005. In early 2015, Noella became the Governance Unit Manager and has since performed research to build a law-making process that supports the implementation of the Wikwemikong G’Chi Naaknigewin. As the community progresses towards its own laws and self- determination, Noella’s knowledge of history, administration processes and procedures leads the advancement of the Governance Unit which includes, the development of the Wikwemikong E’Debaaknigejig Naaknigewin (Justice Council Law) and other laws to support the Community Standards.  Noella is the mother of seven children, is an active hockey mom, a marathon runner (5K/10K) and enjoys baking, especially homemade bread and pizza.





                               “GOVERNANCE STRATEGIC PLANNING”


​                                              October 24, 25, 26, 2017

Day 1 October 24, 2017

8.00 am                                Buffet Breakfast
9.00 am                                Opening Prayer – Board & Rama Elder Mark Douglas
9.05 am                                Welcome –Lorraine George, Chair, Governance Development Network Introduction and

                                            overview of the Governance Development Network - Mathew Lane, Executive Director, GDN
9:30 am                                Participants Introduction
9:45 am                                Presentation “Strategic Planning Process for First Nation Communities”Ennis Fiddler/Marlene Sabourin
10:45 am                             Networking Break
11:00 am                             First Nation Tax Commission (Governance, Self Sufficiency and Strategic Planning) - Manny Jules
Noon                                     Lunch
1:00 pm                               Matachewan First Nation (Community Strategic Planning Process) - Noella Jacko
2:00 pm                                Networking Break
2:15 pm                               Facilitated Group Discussion / Group Presentations from Facilitated Discussion – ``what is Governance? ``
3:45 pm                               Closing- Mathew Lane, Door Prizes – End of Day One
4:00pm                                 *** MEMBERS ONLY ***– ANNUAL GENERAL ASSEMBLY – AUDIT AND ELECTIONS

Day 2 – Oct 25, 2017

8:00 am                Breakfast
9:00 am                Welcome back and review of Day 1- Lynda Fox-Trudeau
9:30 am                Presentation on Comparing codes, policies, bylaws – Neil Duboff, Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter
10:45 am             Networking Break
11:00 am             Facilitated Group Discussion – Questions/Comments
Noon                     Lunch
1:00 pm               Governance Strategic Plan Exercise - Breakout groups
2:15 pm                Networking Break
2:30 pm               Governance Strategic Plan Exercise - Breakout groups - Continued
3:30 pm               End of Day Two – Prizes – Mathew Lane

Dinner Event

5:30pm            Reception (Executive Director, Mathew Lane overview of the night)
6:00pm            Dinner
6:30pm            Celebration of Life Tribute to Valarie Pizey – Ian Pizey
7:00pm            Acknowledgment and recognition of Original Committee Members (Ennis Fiddler)
7:15pm            10 Year Anniversary Special – Highlights & Video
7:30pm            Keynote Speaker- Commissioner Bill McCue, First Nations Tax Commission (Land codes)
9:00pm            Closing remarks Mathew Lane


Day 3 – Oct 26, 2017

8:00 am                Breakfast
9:00 am                Welcome back and review of Day 2- Priscilla Graham
9:30 am                Group Discussion/ presentations from Governance Strategic Plan Exercise
10:45 am             Networking Break
11:00 am             Roundtable Discussion

“What did we learn and how did the Governance Development Network help you? “

11:45 am             Attendance Draws and Grand Prize (Submit your evaluations) - Mathew Lane
11:55 pm             Closing by Board & Rama Elder Mark Douglas
12:00 pm             Lunch - Safe Travels
-1:00 pm              End of Conference





Neil Duboff, Biography

Managing Partner Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter 

Neil Duboff is the managing partner of the Winnipeg law firm Duboff Edwards Haight & Schachter. Neil has been practicing law since 1985.  His practice is focused primarily in the areas of Corporate Structuring, Acquisitions and Financing, Transportation Law and Aboriginal Law with an emphasis on taxation, trusts, Governments and Associations.  Neil acts for many first nations across the country, banks, first nation’s development companies and many first nations businesses. Prior to entering law, Neil was employed as a bank manager with the Bank of Montreal. Neil has been a frequent presenter at conferences throughout Canada, including the Canadian Association of Insurance and Financial Advisors (2001), the Smart Money Fairs, presented by the Winnipeg Free Press, the annual conference of the Native Trade and Investment Association and First Nation Taxation Program, presented by Current information Ltd. and Group Mindset.  Neil has been a regular instructor of trust and estate planning in various school divisions as well as Red River Community College, CUPE, the City of Winnipeg and the Winnipeg School Division. Neil recognizes the importance of being involved in our community.  He sits on and takes an active role in many nonprofit organizations throughout the country, including the Native Association of Trust Officers Society Trust and Estate Planners (STEP). Neil Chairs the Regulated Health Care Professions Council for the Province of Manitoba, formerly sat on the Public Utilities Board and the City of Winnipeg Pension Fund.

Noella Jacko, Biography
Governance Unit Manager Wikwemikong Band Unceded Territory

Keynote Speaker

Comissioner Bill McCue,

Comissioner of First Nation Tax Commission​

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Invites you to attend our Governance Conference

October 24th, 25th and 26th, 2017

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Workshop theme:

” Governance Strategic Planning”

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Commissioner Bill McCue is a councillor and former Chief of the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation, and served as South East Regional Grand Chief for the Union of Ontario Indians from 1994 to 2003. He was also a member of the Indian Taxation Advisory Board (ITAB) from 1997 to 2007. As Chief of his community, Commissioner McCue was an original signatory to the Framework Agreement on First Nations Lands Management (FNLMI) and his community ratified the first Land Code in 1997. He is currently on the FNLMI board of directors, as well as the finance committee for the Lands Advisory Board. Commissioner McCue has also served as president of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council and chairman of their economic development board.

Bill McCue is a firm believer in the importance of local economic development. He has helped his community develop a large number of cottage leases and improve local services and infrastructure. He was also chairman of the Casino Rama revenue sharing committee, which developed a revenue-sharing formula to share gaming revenues with all Ontario First Nations. Last year, the Chippewas of Georgina Island First Nation also opened a new business plaza and restaurant across from their marina. There are now approximately 75 new on-reserve jobs, with half being filled by members and half by people from the surrounding area. This is creating a significant impact in a community of approximately 200 residents.

Clearing the Path recently had the opportunity to sit down with Commissioner McCue to talk about his experience and involvement with the FNTC and his thoughts on property taxation in Ontario.

Manny Jules Biography

[C.T. (Manny) Jules, Chief Commissioner] C.T. (Manny) Jules, Chief Commissioner, First Nations Tax Commission

C.T. (Manny) Jules has dedicated over 40 years of his life to public service in support of Aboriginal issues. He is a member of the Tk’emlúps

te Secwepemc, formerly known as Kamloops Indian Band, and served as Chief from 1984 to 2000. Mr. Jules led the amendment to the Indian Act in 1988 so that First Nations could exercise the jurisdiction to levy property taxes on-reserve. The Indian Taxation Advisory Board (ITAB) and the current First Nation property tax system were created as a result of his vision and efforts. Mr. Jules served as Chair of ITAB from 1989 to 2003 and 2005 to 2007. He was the driving force behind the First Nations Fiscal Management Act, passed by Parliament in 2005, creating the First Nations Tax Commission and the fiscal institutions. On November 11, 2006 Mr. Jules was appointed Chief Commissioner of the First Nations Tax Commission. Mr. Jules was the recipient of an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from both the University of British Columbia in 1997 and Thompson Rivers University in 2006, the Order of British Columbia in 2009, and the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee medal in 2013. Mr. Jules is also a member of the Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business Hall of Fame.