Ndakina Office

The Ndakina Office of the Grand Council of the Wabanaki Nation (GCNWA) represents and supports the Abenaki Councils of Odanak and Wôlinak in matters of affirmation, consultation and land claims, as well as environment and climate change adaptation. Research is an important activity of the office, whether at the historical, anthropological, archaeological or environmental level, in order to acquire the knowledge necessary for a sustainable and responsible management of the ancestral territory: the Ndakina. The Ndakina Office also works to develop close links with members of the Nation and to promote the sustainability of W8banakiak knowledge and practices.

OUR PROFESSIONAL SERVICES OFFER

OUR ACTION PLAN 2017-2020

OUR PROTOCOL ON THE CONSULTATION OF ABENAKI

SPECIFIC CLAIMS - COLERAINE

OUR TEAM

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DENYS BERNARD

GENERAL DIRECTOR
Denys occupies, among other things, a representative role for the Nation. He supervises, manages and administers the various funding programs, services and projects underway at the Grand Council of the Wabanaki Nation (GCNWA). He is also responsible for supervising staff and ensuring that established institutional values and performance requirements are met.
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SUZIE O'BOMSAWIN

DIRECTOR OF THE NDAKINNA OFFICE
Suzie is responsible for the Nation's natural resource interests throughout the ancestral territory of the Abenaki Nation, the Ndakinna. The Ndakina Office consists of four areas: land consultations, land claims, environmental assessments and sustainable development.
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HUGO MAILHOT COUTURE

EXECUTIVE ASSISTANT
Reporting to the Director of the Ndakina Office, Hugo supports her in the management of files or projects as well as in the execution of mandates related to the department. In particular, it advises on environmental and natural resources issues.
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YVON POIRIER

LAND CLAIMS COORDINATOR
Yvon is responsible for all land claims matters. These are used to demonstrate beyond any doubt, with supporting documents, that the federal government has not respected a treaty, an agreement or its legal obligations towards a First Nation, as was the case for the communities of Wôlinak and Odanak.
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JEAN-FRANÇOIS PROVENCHER

PROJECT OFFICER
As part of the Ndakina Office's activities, Jean-François prepares responses to the consultations by analyzing the various projects on the Ndakina and environmental impact studies. In addition, he is responsible for the climate change adaptation component, where he plans and implements projects in close collaboration with the Office team.
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DAVID BERNARD

RESEARCH AGENT
As part of the Ndakina Office's research activities on territory and traditional knowledge. In particular, but not limited to, David continues to collect data from members of the Nation according to the protocols developed by the Office and processes and analyses research data. It also participates in updating and improving research protocols in collaboration with the Office team while collaborating with the team responsible for responding to consultations as part of the social impact assessment.
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HADRIEN BOIS

GEOMATICAL
Hadrien is responsible for all matters related to geomatics within the Ndakina Office. It collects, analyzes, interprets and transforms geospatial data to support the Ndakinna Office team in a variety of projects. He then produced various maps and work tools for applications related to natural resources, geology, environmental and archaeological research, and the use and occupation of the Ndakinna by W8banaki Nation members.
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GENEVIÈVE TREYVAUD

ARCHEOLOGIST
As part of the activities of the Ndakina Office, Geneviève develops archaeological research projects to better understand the ancestral occupation of the territory. In collaboration with the Office team, she oversees the protection of the archaeological heritage during territorial consultations. She is particularly interested in the Contact Period and the impact of European colonization on First Nations and their environment. It studies the methods of exploitation of natural resources and the techniques of manufacturing old tools of the Algonquin First Nations.
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JEAN-NICOLAS PLOURDE

RESEARCH ASSISTANT
Specializing in indigenous mobility logics in the Northeastern North America, Jean-Nicolas acquired extensive knowledge about the territory occupation by the Eastern Algonquians during the pre-Contact and historical periods. Jean-Nicolas brings his expertise to the Ndakina Office by assisting the Research Agents and the Archaeologist in their respective mandates. In particular, he conducts literature reviews on various historical and archaeological topics and contributes to the writing of articles, reports and various policies.
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EDGAR BLANCHET

RESEARCH AGENT
As part of the Ndakina Office's research activities related to territory and traditional knowledge, including, but not limited to, data collection from members of the Nation according to protocols developed by the Office and the processing and analysis of research data.

ENVIRONMENT AND LAND OFFICES IN ODANAK AND WÔLINAK

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VANESSA CASTONGUAY-FORTIN

BIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Vanessa represents and is involved in the Waban-Aki Nation's consultations on wildlife, species at risk and the environment (more specifically for Wôlinak).
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SAMUEL DUFOUR

BIOLOGIST
As a biologist and environmental project manager, Samuel represents and is involved in the Waban-Aki Nation's consultations on wildlife, species at risk and the environment (more specifically for Odanak).

INFORMATION GUIDE ON THE W8BANAKI NATION'S SENSITIVE FOREST RESOURCES

In this guide you can find a brief history of the Ndakinna and learn more about the code of practice for hunting, fishing and trapping activities, the identification of Aboriginal burial sites and the forest resources sought and sensitive.

PDF version of the guide

CONTACT US

  • GRAND COUNCIL OF THE NATION WABAN AKI 10175 KOLIPAIO WÔLINAK (QC) G0X 1B0
  • PHONE: 819.294.1686
  • FAX: 819.294.1689
  • E-MAIL: [email protected]