Andrew’s professional career as a Human Resources Specialist with the Provincial Government for 15 years has included working in the following departments: Community Services and Corrections, Family Services, Education and Training and currently with Conservation
Milton has over two decades experience in human resource management and Indigenous policy development at the tribal, provincial and federal levels of government. His professional and personal interests enhance and build communities of collaboration with attention to building positive relationships and advancement. Milton has served on numerous committees with a focused attention to skills development, attraction and recruitment of human beings, enhancing capacity building, effective leadership, governance and economic independence within Indigenous communities.Milton is from the Poundmaker Cree Nation in Treaty Six Territory. Milton received his undergraduate education from the First Nations University of Canada. He is an accredited Professional Aboriginal Economic Developer by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers. He subscribes to the Nation Building approach as researched by the Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development and the Native Nations Institute for Leadership, Management and Policy at the University of Arizona. Tootoosis is the Director of Livelihood for the Office of the Treaty Commissioner and resides in Saskatoon, SK/Treaty # 6 – Canada.
Debbie Burka, former Chief of Staff of the Grand Chief’s Office at the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs. Debbie is a human resources specialist who worked as the Human Resources Liaison for Peguis First Nation for seven years prior to joining AMC in 2007. She has a wealth of experience working with First Nation communities and all their levels of government. She is currently on the board of the Apprenticeship and Trades Qualification Board for the Province of Manitoba. Debbie is a member of Peguis First Nation. Debbie is currently working as a consultant.
Ivan Makil was elected to three consecutive terms as President of the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community (SPRMIC). Under his leadership, the Salt River Pima-Maricopa Indian Community became a nationally recognized model for successful business enterprises, land use planning and overall economic development that is creative, diversified, and culturally sensitive.Makil has played a highly influential leadership role in Indigenous communities, by advancing economic linkages, governance practices, and youth leadership programs. Through his many initiatives, Makil strives to bring Indigenous peoples to the forefront, such that, he played an active role in establishing a meeting between tribal leaders and the president of the United States and cabinet members (a feat that has not happened since the 1800’s!) Makil has been highly recognized for his numerous leadership initiatives, as he was selected as “One of the 100 Most Influential in Arizona” by The Business Journal.
Is a member of the Little Grand Rapids First Nation Manitoba by family and Couchiching First Nation Ontario by marriage, and fluent in the Anishinaabe language. Lawyer, member of the Manitoba Bar Association with a focus on Indigenous Law, Aboriginal and Treaty rights. Called to the Ontario Bar 1991 and Manitoba Bar 2000. Fourteen year career as former Executive Director/General Counsel with the Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Secretariat Inc. included being first Director of Research & Policy and a Manager of Research on the self-government Framework Agreement Initiative. Former visiting professor at the Universities of Ottawa and Saskatchewan Law Schools, part-time instructor at Red River College and University of Winnipeg.
Former Chief of Long Plain First Nation and former member of various boards including Arrowhead Development Corporation and Treaty 1 Development Corporation. President of Tribal Council Investment Group and Director of Aboriginal Health Care at Four Rivers Clinic.