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.