Kathy Boulanger-Budd, Administration
Originally from the Berens River First Nation Kathy is a direct descendant of Chief Jacob Berens who entered into Treaty No.5 in 1875. To achieve success for herself, Kathy relocated to Winnipeg to pursue her education. A fluent Ojibwe speaker, Kathy enjoys sharing her language and teachings with her two sons and granddaughters. She acknowledges her diverse heritage roots by sharing her national affiliation as: Ojibway, Cree, Scottish, French, and Inuit. Kathy’s traditional knowledge and abilities support the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba.
Monique was raised in Swan River, Manitoba and is a member of Sapotaweyak Cree Nation. Her educational background includes a Bachelor of Education (University of Toronto), a Bachelor of Arts and Master of Arts in literature (McGill) and law degrees in both the common law and civil law (McGill). She has a strong interest in Indigenous legal traditions and oral history. She has worked as a teacher, lawyer, and researcher for numerous First Nations communities and organizations. In her time off, she enjoys spending time outdoors through cycling, photography, and travel.
Amanda Simard, Education Manager
Amanda is the youngest of 12 children and grew up in a small Metis community of Manigotogan, Manitoba along the shores of Lake Winnipeg. Amanda graduated from Wanipigow School on the Hollow Water First Nation, where she is a band member. After graduation she moved to Winnipeg to attend University of Manitoba, with hopes of becoming a teacher. However, life had other plans; and after completing year one, Amanda decided to take a year off to work and 30 years later, she is still working, now in the education field, most recently as the Education Manager at the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM). Education has always been an important aspect of her life; after graduating from Red River College Business Administration, she began completing courses towards Aboriginal Governance Degree at the University of Winnipeg. While valuing her time spent at work with TRCM and working with teachers that attend the Treaty Education Initiative training sessions, she and her husband are proud parents of three young men.