James Smith Cree Nation Developments Ltd.
The James Smith Cree Nation 100 created an economic development board called James Smith Cree Nation #100 Developments Ltd. The economic development board was established in 2019.
The James Smith Cree Nation Economic Development Board performs its functions within the Spirit and Intent of Treaty and the Nation's Inherent Sovereignty to create an inclusive, sustainable, accountable and holistic economy for James Smith Cree Nation 100.
The James Smith Cree Nation Economic Development Board adheres to the principles of sound governance policies and procedures.
This Corporation shares the values of the James Smith First Nation; and all Directors, management, and staff of this Corporation will operate both internally and externally with all of its clients, stakeholders, partners and employees by adhering to our values of: Fairness, Integrity, Respect and Excellence.
The Chair and CEO of this Board will report regularly to the Chief and Council to review strategic activities, progress, to ensure that its activities and operations are being effectively aligned, coordinated and monitored in accordance with the strategic directions of Chief and Council.
Board of Directors
25 years of Gaming Experience, majority of which in a management capacity. In my career, I have had the opportunity to assist in three casinos development projects Northern Lights Casino, current location, in Prince Albert, SK. Casino Dene in Cold Lake, Alberta and Living Sky Casino in Swift Current, SK. I have been a Senior Manager of Casinos in two provinces (Saskatchewan and Alberta) in this experience I gained the knowledge of two different FN/Gov't Gaming Compacts and regulations for each province.
Recently awarded the 2020 Citizen of the Year from the Swift Current Chamber of Commerce. The award is a credit to the work and efforts I do in the community of Swift Current, as I truly believe in giving back to the community. This drive to give back is why I joined the James Smith Developments Board, as I want to further assist my FN and the membership with sound and sustainable economic developments in consideration to the future wealth of our community.
As Chair of the Board, my current goal is to build the foundations for our board to work from for business decisions and board integrity now and in the future.
Gerald Mckay is a member and presently sits on Council of the James Smith Cree Nation. I have 6 children and am blessed with 11 precious grandchildren.
My post secondary education background consists of graduating from the two year Business Administration diploma and the Business Accountancy diploma through the Sask Indian Insitute Of Technologies.I also continued my studies in administration through the University Regina..
After my studies I was employed with Canada Revenue Agency for a few years and gained some valuable experience during that time.I then took education leave from the department and during that period I decided to take on a role as Assistant Administrator back at JSCN which turned into the position as the Social Development Coordinator for a the next 14 years.While being Social Coordinator I was approached on running for Council which is where i am to this date and am humbled and honoured to sit on as the Portfolio Councillor for JSCN on the James Smith Ec Dev Board. The JSCN EC Dev Board will b vital on ensuring that future business endeavours which will benefit all JSCN members.
Dwayne Seib is a member of the Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation from Deschambault Lake. He has worked these last 24 years in the provincial and federal levels of government as well as First Nations government. He has business experience in the commercial fishing industry as well as the construction industry.
In recent years Dwayne has been a part of James Smith Cree Nations in various capacities including CEO of Fort a La Corne Ventures LP, Executive Director of the Fort a La Corne Employment Development project, and as the Director of Operations for the James Smith Cree Nations Administration. His spare time is spent with his Wife at their home and at their trapping line camp in North Central Saskatchewan
Eugene is a proud member of James Smith Cree Nation. He is currently employed with the Aboriginal Financial Officers Association of Saskatchewan and has worked for the organization for 14 years in his role as the Executive Director.
He is trained in the areas of financial and administrative management, strategic planning, governance and community development. Eugene works with the First Nations of Saskatchewan and provides professional development for personnel employed at the Nations.
Eugene looks forward to working with JSCN Developments LTD and the community of James Smith Cree Nation through his volunteer Board appointment as Treasurer.
Born and raised on James Smith Cree Nation to George & Margaret Burns, youngest of 11 children. Educated in James Smith til grade 8 and then attended Kinistino Comp. high school grades 9 to 12, graduated high school in 1984.
I worked for the Saskatchewan Indian Youth Council in 1985 then took an Indian governance training short course in 1986 and then from there I obtained employment with Prince Albert Grand council at the student residence.Worked at Prince Albert Indian Student residence from 1986 to 1994.
I went back to school at SIIT/Palliser in the program of Administration in Prince Albert in Sep 1994, received my diploma in May 1996. Began working with James Smith Cree Nation July 1996 and been here since. I started off as education clerk then moved to payroll/HR/benefits administrator for the band and school. October 2019 I was promoted to Director of Finance. Been on the Ec dev board since April of 2019.
I’m married to my husband since October 2017, I have 2 daughters from my previous relationship. My two daughters gave me 6 grandchildren with another on the way due in September. I enjoy travelling and learning new things, recently took up golfing and enjoying it so far.
Milt Burns is a proud member of James Smith Cree Nation. He has 39 years of experience working with and for First Nations, at the local and provincial levels, in the capacity of Electoral Officer, employee, James Smith Chief Executive Officer, James Smith Band Councilor, and Assistant District Representative and District Representative (now referred to as Grand Chief) for the Prince Albert Grand Council.
I was employed for fifteen (15) years with SaskTel responsible for the Aboriginal market which included First Nations and Metis governance, businesses and residential. Milt held the position of Deputy Speaker and Speaker for the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations Legislative Assembly for 10 years and has chaired local, provincial and national meetings.