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Indigenous Program Advisory Committee

Rev. Manasee Ulayuk

Rev. Manasee originally from Hall Beach, Nunavut. He graduated from Arthur Turner Training School in April 2018 and was ordained a deacon in June 2018. He is married to Wilma and they have four children. Rev. Manasee has been the incumbent at St. Thomas Anglican Church in Inukjuak, Quebec since December 2018, and before that was an active member of St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral in Iqaluit.

Ellen Cook

Ellen is a teacher, an Anglican and a passionate advocate for her people – the Cree of Northern Manitoba. She is an Elder, highly respected by her community and Anglican constituency.

Monica McKay

Monica is from Laxgalts’ap (Greenville), British Columbia, and is a proud member of the Nisga’a Nation of the House of Heewa’a and of the Gisk’aast Pdeek (Killer Whale clan). She is the director of Aboriginal Initiatives at Toronto Metropolitan University. She served as chair of PWRDF’s Canadian Development Program committee from 1996-2001 and as a member of the PWRDF Board of Directors from 2000-2003. Monica attended numerous round tables, international conferences and Indigenous women’s encounters during her time with PWRDF. She is currently co-implementing PWRDF’s Indigenous Maternal Health and Midwifery Program on behalf of Toronto Metropolitan University (Canada), KINAL Antzetik (Mexico) and CHIRAPAQ de Culturas Andinas (Peru).

John B. Zoe

John B. Zoe (Zomadzia) is a member of the Tlicho First Nation from Behchoko, Northwest Territories. As Chief Negotiator, and with the support of a Team and Elder Advisors, John was instrumental in negotiating land and self-government into the Tlicho Agreement. John is currently an Advisor in the ongoing work of Implementation, Research and Indigenous knowledge Transfers related to land, language, culture and way of life.

Freda Lepine

Freda is a Cree Woman from Wabowden (Mescanakneek), Manitoba, with roots from Pimichikamak and Opaskwayak First Nations. She is a proud mother of three children and six grandchildren.

She worked for the Government of Manitoba in various capacities from Coordinator to Management in Local Government Development for 19 Communities until retiring. Within three months of retirement went to work for Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak INC (31 First Nations in Northern Manitoba) as a First Nation Employment and Training Coordinator/partnership networking with Industries, Companies, Agencies for our First Nation students/employers.

Freda has also been an active member of the KaKiGay Danikobidan Committee at the College of Midwifery and an active board member of the Henry Budd College of Ministry in Northern Manitoba; as well a member of ACIP for 20 years, attending most of the Sacred Circles that have been supported by PWDRF.