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 pursing 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.
Darren Courchene, a citizen of the Sagkeeng First Nation, has attended both Red River College and the University of Winnipeg earning a diploma (Aboriginal Self-Government Administration), a Bachelor of Arts (Aboriginal Governance and Religious Studies), and a Master of Arts (Indigenous Governance).
He has worked in the field of oral history documentation for over five years in two major projects which explored the spirit and intent of the Treaty negotiations between the representatives of the Crown and Anishinaabe peoples – the Treaty One Oral History Project (Treaty One Protection and Implementation Office) and the Manitoba Treaties Oral History Project (Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs and Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba). The research he’s currently conducting incorporates oral, written, and archival sources to examine the traditional and contemporary roles and responsibilities of leadership in Anishinaabe Treaty making.
Darren has lectured on Treaty history, interpretation, negotiation, and implementation in national and international settings and is currently completing a PhD in Native Studies at the University of Manitoba.
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.
Sherry Smith, Operations Manager
Sherry, from Minnedosa, MB located in the Treaty 2 territory, is a proud Metis woman residing in Winnipeg with her family. Successfully earning a diploma in Business Administration – Management specialization, Sherry has continued her education through practical experience, facilitation training and professional development opportunities to enhance her skills and abilities as a multi-faceted Manager.
Prior to Sherry’s engagement with the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba (TRCM) she served in multiple capacities, both locally and internationally, with the following organizations: Manitoba Metis Federation, Indigenous Leadership Development Institute; and Ghost River Rediscovery. Volunteering is a passion for Sherry. Currently serving with Empowering Aboriginal Youth in Governance and Leadership (EAYGL) and the All Nations Coordinated Response (ANCR) Board of Directors.
Sherry is the Operations Manager overseeing multiple projects in which the TRCM is currently engaged. During her tenure at the TRCM she actively participated in the establishment of three major public education aspects of the TRCMs mandate: the Speakers Bureau; Learning Centre; and We Are All Treaty People campaign.