Chief Sidney Peters and the Glooscap First Nation (GFN) council continue to build a powerhouse board of directors for the band’s new Economic Development Corporation, which is on track to be formed in April 2014.
This week, they announced the addition of two board members, both of whom have widespread experience in law, politics, government and indigenous issues.
Dr. Pamela Palmeter is a Mi’kmaw citizen and member of the Eel River Bar First Nation in northern New Brunswick. She has been a practicing lawyer for 14 years and holds the position of associate professor and chair in indigenous governance in the department of politics and public administration at Ryerson University. She has presented to the United Nations, the Senate and the House of Commons Special Committees on laws and policies impacting indigenous peoples and is considered a legal expert in this area.
She has been working and volunteering in the area of First Nations issues for more than 25 years and was recently nominated as one of the Top 25 Most Influential Lawyers in Canada (2013) in human rights.
Denise Doucet is a partner at Granite Strategies and founder and president of Denise Doucet Strategic Partnerships Inc.
Over her 25-year career, Doucet has worked for the federal government, including time in the office of Indian Affairs and Northern Development under Jane Stewart, as a diplomat to the Benelux at the Canadian Embassy in The Hague, and with senior executives in a long list of government departments. In every role, she has navigated and built strong relationships with community, industry, stakeholders and media.
The Glooscap First Nation Economic Development Corporation will exist to manage and expand the current economic development base of Glooscap First Nation, which is located in Kings County, just outside Hantsport.
It will be focused on building partnerships with neighbouring municipalities, businesses and organizations in order to benefit the entire region and to create a
sustainable, thoughtful change in the Glooscap community.