Dave Mowat has spent the past 30 years working in various capacities at the First Nation level, in Winnipeg, Waabaseemoong, Scugog Island and Alderville.Read More
As a researcher, writer, youth worker, economic development officer, consultation specialist, Band councilor and most recently as the elected Chief of Alderville First Nation, Dave has remained committed to the positive advancement of our communities. His passion remains researching and understanding the treaty, military and settlement history of southern Ontario as it pertains to Alderville but also the Mississauga Nation as a whole. This acquired knowledge over decades, including his academic pursuits in the study of history, allows Dave to defend the Mississauga Anishinabeg presence in southern Ontario with confidence and commitment.
Dave is also a long-time blues musician/singer, having taken up the harmonica back in the early 1980s not long after relocating to north end Winnipeg. He still plays professionally in Toronto and south-central Ontario, which balances his political and historical interests. As a traditional wild rice harvester too, he is a staunch defender of this aboriginal right across our treaty areas. In the wake of the Williams Treaties Settlement Agreement Chief Dave’s main intent was and continues to be to secure the settlement for Alderville both for the immediate and long-term viability of the community. Along with his wife Janet and their granddaughter Brooklyn, Dave lives in the home he built in Alderville (24 years ago), adjacent to his beloved Black Oak Savanna and Tallgrass Prairie, where he and Janet also raised their 3 children.
Guy Monague was born and raised on Beausoleil First Nation. He is the son of Gerald and Stella Monague. He currently resides in the family home where he and his partner Caroline moved to 15 years agoRead More
Together they have 5 children and guardianship of twin 10 year old girls. They keep their spare hours busy with their 8 grandchildren and hobby farm. When Guy isn't busy in politics he enjoys playing country music and renovating the homestead.
As the youngest sibling with four older brothers, Donna Big Canoe grew up on Georgina Island surrounded by a surplus of testosterone, AC/DC music and a reputation for being bossy. That bossiness evolved into formidable leadership skills.Read More
Her father, a past Chief, taught her that you have to have thick skin and to always do what’s best for the community. A fun-loving and hard-working woman, Donna followed in her father’s footsteps and became the first woman Chief of Georgina Island. After graduating from Georgian College in 1998 with Honours from the Community and Social Development Course, she returned to her First Nation to work as the Community Consultation Worker. Donna first held her seat as a counsellor in 2003 for two terms and then after getting her feet wet, ran for the position of Chief in 2007. Today, she is still her serving her community in that role and remains focused on the improvement of the quality of life for her people.
The Chief holds several portfolios and is required to sit on several committees. Her portfolios include First Nation Governance, Community and Public Relations, Transportation Administration, Treaties, and Legal Issues. Her love for the youth is the reason why Donna holds a position on the Dnaagdawnmag Binnoojiiyag Child & Family Services (DBCFS) Board, a child welfare agency that delivers culturally appropriate services to eight First Nation communities. She sits on the Board of Directors of the Ogemawahj Tribal Council, an organization that provides strategic planning, government relations and policy development for six First Nations. In her time as Chief, Donna has been involved in the historical court settlement of two major treaties, the Coldwater Treaty and the Williams Treaty. With these settlements, Chief Donna was able to assist the First Nation in moving forward in several business ventures.
Donna is very proud of her community and considers it an honour to represent her own people. She is thankful for all her blessings and for the guidance of her community, her Elders and most of all, the Creator.
Chief Rodney Noganosh is serving his second term as Chief of the Chippewas of Rama First Nation. He has served his community as a member of Rama First Nation Council since 1996.Read More
He was elected as Councillor from 1996 to 2010, took personal time from 2010 to 2012, and was re-elected in 2012. He was first elected as Chief in August of 2014. Chief Noganosh has served as portfolio holder across the range of Rama’s administration, providing valuable insight and experience in key areas. He is committed to members’ involvement and consultation. Rama First Nation has approximately 1950 members, with half living on reserve. Enhanced communications through a community Outreach program, increased social media presence and regular meetings are objectives for Chief Noganosh. Job creation is important with business development in the community a key priority. Strengthening relations with Ontario’s 133 First Nation communities is important, demonstrated by Rama’s return to the Union of Ontario Indians. He also maintains strong relationships with local area leadership in Simcoe County.
The Rama First Nation Government employs over 400 staff members and is responsible for providing infrastructure, support services and protection for the community. This includes the operation of an elementary public school and daycare program; an urgent care health clinic; social services; emergency services including fire, police and emergency medical service (EMS); a recreation centre; and a senior’s home that offers independent living and an extended care facility.
Casino Rama is located on Rama First Nation’s land and generates approximately $350-million in gross revenues annually. The casino celebrated its twentieth anniversary in 2016 and includes a 5,000-seat entertainment centre, a 289-room luxury hotel, restaurants, a retail complex and spa facilities. Chief and Council work with Ontario Lottery and Gaming and the operators, Gateway Casinos and Entertainment, to support this business.
The administration is responsible for economic development in the community. It operates the Ojibway Bay Marina, Gathering Place Stores, Rama Shell Gas Station, Rama Office Interiors (ROI), and Rama Office Leasing and Warehousing. In 2013, Rama purchased shares in two Bingo operations in the Greater Toronto Area. In 2016, Rama welcomed two Tim Horton’s franchises to the community. Rama generates revenues under the ‘Microfit’ program developed by Ontario’s Green Energy Program. A number of community facilities and residences have solar panel installations.
Rama will enter the emerging cannabis market in 2019 in partnership with the MJardin Group, a leader in cultivation, extraction, and retail. The partnership’s first major project will be the construction of a large-scale cannabis production facility in the community that will create at least 100 permanent jobs.
In 2018, Rama celebrated the historic settlement of the Williams Treaties First Nations claim, reconciling treaties dating back to before Confederation. In addition to compensation, the communities negotiated the restoration of harvesting rights for their members, with Williams Treaties leadership playing a key role in this achievement. The ceremonial signing in Rama First Nation in November of 2018 brought all the communities together for a celebration.
Kelly LaRocca, LL.B., serves as the Chief of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation. Chief LaRocca has served on the elected Council since 2008 and was elected as Chief in 2013.Read More
Chief LaRocca served as the portfolio Chief Representative during the claim negotiations arising from the 1923 Williams Treaties.
Chief LaRocca also serves as the Vice Chair for the Ogemawahj Tribal Council, is a Director for the National Advisory Board on First Nations Lands Management, and served as a member on the Aboriginal Justice Committee for the previous Attorney General for Ontario.
Kelly lives with her partner Jonathan with daughter Ruby and son Eli in Scugog FN.