The Ndakinna Office of the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki (GCNWA) represents and supports the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak in terms of affirmation, consultations and land claims, as well as the environment and adaptation to climate change. Research represents an important activity for the Office, including historical, anthropological, archaeological or environmental aspects, which provides the knowledge necessary for sustainable and responsible management of the ancestral territory: the Ndakinna. The Ndakinna Office also strives to develop close links with Nation members and to promote the sustainability of W8banakiak knowledge and practices.

OUR CONSULTING SERVICES OFFER

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OUR 2017-2020 ACTION PLAN

OUR ABENAKI CONSULTATION PROTOCOL

THE TEAM

DENYS BERNARD
DENYS BERNARDEXECUTIVE DIRECTOR
One of the roles occupied by Denys is representing the Nation. He supervises, manages and administers the different funding programs and current projects at the Grand Conseil de la Nation Waban-Aki. He is also in charge of staff supervision and ensures that the institutional values and established performance requirements are respected.
SUZIE O'BOMSAWIN
SUZIE O'BOMSAWINDIRECTOR OF THE NDAKINNA OFFICE
Suzie is responsible for looking after the Nation’s interests in terms of natural resources across the Abenaki Nation’s ancestral territory, the Ndakinna. The Ndakinna Office has four sectors: territorial consultations, land claims, environmental assessments and sustainable development.
HUGO MAILHOT COUTURE
HUGO MAILHOT COUTUREEXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Reporting to the Director of the Ndakinna Office, Hugo supports the Director in handling files or projects as well as executing different Department related mandates. He also assumes an advisory role in terms of environment and natural resources.
YVON POIRIER
YVON POIRIERLAND CLAIMS COORDINATOR
Yvon is in charge of everything pertaining to land claims. Claims are used to demonstrate without a doubt, and with supporting documents, that the federal government has not respected a treaty, agreement or its legal obligations towards a First Nation, as has been the case for the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak.
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHER
JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHERPROJECT OFFICER
As part of the activities of the Ndakinna Office, Jean-François prepares responses to consultations, notably by analyzing the various projects on the Ndakinna and environmental impact studies. In addition, he is responsible for the adaptation to climate change component in which he plans and carries out projects in close collaboration with the Office team.
DAVID BERNARD
DAVID BERNARDINVESTIGATION/RESEARCH OFFICER
As part of a study on Waban-Aki traditional use and occupancy of the land and ecological knowledge, under the authority of the Director of Territorial Consultations and in collaboration with the project manager, David participates in organizing the study and investigations, prepares, conducts and transcribes interviews in addition to compile and analyse the collected data.
HADRIEN BOIS
HADRIEN BOISGEOMATICIAN
Hadrien is responsible for everything related to geomatics at the Ndakinna Office. He collects geospatial data, analyzes, interprets and transforms them to support the Ndakinna Office team in a variety of projects. He produces various maps and tools for applications involving natural resources, geology, environmental and archaeological research, and the use and occupation of the Ndakinna by members of the W8banaki Nation.
GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUD
GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUDARCHAEOLOGIST
As part of the Ndakinna Office activities, Geneviève is responsible for developing archaeological research projects for the purpose of better understanding the ancestral occupation of the territory. In collaboration with the Ndakinna Office team, her focus lies in protecting the archaeological heritage during the territorial consultation process. More specifically, her efforts centre on the Contact period and the impact of European colonization on First Nations and their environment. She studies the methods for exploiting natural resources and the techniques used to manufacture traditional tools used by the Algonquin First Nations people.
JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDE
JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDERESEARCH ASSISTANT
As a research assistant, Jean-Nicolas assists the research officer and the archaeologist in the pursuit of their respective mandates. In particular, he conducts literature reviews on various topics and provides support in writing reports and various policies.
EDGAR BLANCHET
EDGAR BLANCHETRESEARCH OFFICER

ENVIRONMENT AND LAND OFFICE OF ODANAK AND WÔLINAK

VANESSA CASTONGUAY-FORTIN
VANESSA CASTONGUAY-FORTINBIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Vanessa is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Wôlinak).
SAMUEL DUFOUR
SAMUEL DUFOURBIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Samuel is involved in the consultations of the Waban-Aki Nation in connection with wildlife, endangered species and the environment (more specifically for Odanak).

INFORMATION GUIDE ON THE SENSIBLE FOREST RESOURCES OF THE W8BANAKI NATION

In this guide you will find a summary of the Ndakinna history and learn the code of practice of hunting, fishing and trapping, identification of Aboriginal burial sites and on popular and sensitive forest resources. PDF Version

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GRAND CONSEIL DE LA NATION WABAN AKI
10175 KOLIPAIO
WÔLINAK (QC) G0X 1B0
PHONE     819.294.1686
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