- Resource Rights and Protected Areas
in relation to Treaty
- First Nations/Aboriginal Resource Rights
Born and raised in Dauphin, Manitoba, Mark has worked with Parks Canada Agency since 1997. Stationed in beautiful Riding Mountain National Park of Canada, Mark has been involved in advocating and advancing First Nation worldview in protected area management for many years. Mark holds a bachelors degree in Political Science and Native Studies from Brandon University.
Mark’s heritage stretches to northern Manitoba with his father coming from Opaskwayak Cree Nation and mother hailing from Mosakahiken Cree Nation, Treaty 5 (1875). Since 2003, Mark has worked as Aboriginal Affairs Manager for Riding Mountain National Park (RMNP). Mark assists park managers in building and maintaining formal relations with the local First Nations that consider Riding Mountain as part of their traditional territory.
Throughout Mark’s time in RMNP, he has consistently advanced his knowledge and skills of First Nation issues by representing Parks Canada Agency at tables dedicated to increasing First Nation influence on the RMNP Management Plan. He has a keen interest in advocating First Nation issues while serving in the public service. Mark’s goal is to share what he has learned in his journey as a First Nation person working for the government. In this simple way, he hopes to continue the process of change towards a world where indigenous difference and identity is respected.
To keep in balance, Mark actively takes part in First Nation traditional spiritual activities and follows a holistic way of life. To maintain a healthy lifestyle, Mark is also a dedicated martial artist who holds a black belt in Tae Kwon Do and a brown belt in Shotokan Karate. Mark is married to his wonderful wife Bridget and has four children and one grandchild in the Erickson, Manitoba region.