Chief Bobby Cameron
Chief of FSIN
Chief Bobby Cameron:
As a member of Witchekan Lake First Nation located in Treaty Six territory (northern Saskatchewan), Chief Bobby Cameron has spent the majority of his life maintaining strong ties to culture, language and identity. As an avid hunter, trapper, and fisherman – Chief Cameron advocates and understands the significance of First Nation culture and tradition with respect to keeping close ties to traditional lands. He is currently in his 2nd term as Chief of Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations, a Treaty and Inherent Rights organization that represents 74 First Nations, and over 160,000 First Nation people. He also served one term as a Vice-Chief for FSIN previously. He is also the Regional Chief for the Assembly of First Nations. Chief Cameron holds a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Indigenous Studies from the University of Regina. Chief Cameron is a strong advocate for Treaty and Inherent Rights for future generations of First Nations people.
AFN Regional Chief
- International lobby efforts including the United Nations
- United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples application and implementation
- National Education Portfolio: Post-Secondary Co-Lead
- First Nation Labour Force (ASETS)
- Chiefs Committee on Health
- AFN Youth Council Reps
- AFN Management Committee
Executive Council/Indian Gov’t Commission
Treaty Governance Office
First Nations Bank of Canada
- Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority
- First Nations Trust
- Community Development Corporations
(International, Federal, Provincial, Municipal)
- Chamber of Commerce
Indigenous Gaming Regulators
- Goal of IGR is to license and regulate on-reserve chartable gaming activities for those First Nations that have designated IGR as their regulator
- Saskatchewan Indian Cultural Centre
- Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies
1st Vice Chief
David Pratt is a strong believer in the Treaty Right to education. He also stresses that traditional knowledge along with education provides survival in both worlds. He has a deep appreciation in language retention so everyone can maintain their identity as Indigenous people. As an elected Vice-Chief, David is a strong advocate for Treaty protection and Enhancing Inherent Rights.
FSIN Vice-Chief David Pratt is member of the Muscowpetung First Nation. His parents are the late Bill Pratt and Late Isabel Pratt nee: Cote. He is the youngest of 15 siblings. David’s father Bill was on council for 25 years, including other family members. Sister Liz served as Chief. David was inspired by his late father.
Vice-Chief Pratt graduated with distinction at the University of Saskatchewan in 2016, receiving a Teaching degree from the Indian Teachers Education Program (ITEP).
His goals are to improve the lives and living conditions of First Nation people in Saskatchewan and Canada.
David portfolio includes the Health and Social Development commission along with Indigenous Gaming Regulators.
Health & Social Development Commission
- Protecting and promoting Inherent, Treaty and
Indigenous peoples right to health
- Development of Supportive/Model Legislation on Health
- Transitioning Control of Health to First Nations
- FSIN Health & Wellness Strategy
- MOU on Health and Wellness
- Indian Child and Family Services (ICFS)
- Child Welfare Legislative Review
- Non-Insured Health Benefits/Navigating access issues
- Cultural Responsive Framework
- Indigenous and Contemporary Health
- Environmental Health
- Health Accord
- Health Careers Promotion/Strategies
- Electronic Health Records/Panorama
- Nat. Native Alcohol & Drug Abuse Program
- FN Addictions Rehabilitation Foundation (FNARF)
- Off-reserve Health Care/Disabilities
- Urban Protocol with Tribal Councils
- Sask. First Nations Disabilities Strategy
- First Nations Statistics-RHS/FNREEES
- Mental Health/Wellness Strategy
- Coalition Linking Science and Action Program
- Head Start/Daycare
- Youth Empowerment – ***Shared with Vice Chief Aly
Edward “Dutch” Lerat
2nd Vice Chief
Edward (Dutch) Lerat is a member of the Cowessess First Nation of Saskatchewan, Canada. Edward has served Indian Governments of the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations for a period of 19 years. During this time he served as Executive Assistant to the Chief of Saskatchewan Indians and later got seconded to the Federal Government in Ottawa as Special Assistant to Minister Argue. In 1984 he was elected as Second Vice-Chief for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations, in 1995 he began his fifth term with the FSIN as an elected Vice-Chief. During this period of time, Mr. Lerat served on many Boards and Commissions, and was Regional Vice-Chief to the Assembly of First Nations of Canada.
In February, 1996, Vice-Chief Edward (Dutch) Lerat was seconded to the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority as Acting Chief Executive Officer. Edward was an instrumental player in the establishment of Casinos in four Saskatchewan Communities under First Nations jurisdiction and control.
From August, 1996 to June 2000, Mr. Lerat was appointed to the position of Chief Executive Officer, for the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority.
In April 2004, Edward was elected Urban Councillor for the Cowessess First Nation and has served two consecutive terms. He continues to be instrumental in pursuing programs and services for the Urban Cowessess Membership.
In October 2009, Edward was elected Third Vice Chief for the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations.
- SFNVA Assembly
- Remembrance Days
- Grave Marker Project
Indian Resource Council
- Providing aboriginal youth with opportunity to experience military life
- Facilitation of informed transition into the Primary Reserve or Regular Force if they choose
- Bold Eagle Culture
Indian Residential Schools, Day Scholars & Day
- Justice & Community Safety
- Policing Agreements
- Special Investigations Unit
- Anti-gang & Crime Initiatives
- Youth Criminal Justice Act
- Indian Justice Council
- Liaising with RCMP, Municipal, Provincial Policing Authorities
- Implement Regional Community Safety
FSIN Spirit of Our Nations
- Pow Wow Committee Chair
- FSIN Pow Wow Princess Pageant
- License and regulate the on-reserve charitable gaming
3rd Vice Chief
Aly Bear is the Third Vice Chief of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN), a proud mother to her two daughters, a lawyer and a descendant of Dakota, Anishinaabe, and Nehiyaw heritage from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation.
Prior to being elected to the FSIN Executive Council, Vice Chief Bear dedicated herself to advancing her education, attending the University of Saskatchewan, and earning a bachelor’s degree with a major in Sociology and a minor in Indigenous Studies (with distinction). She went on to obtain her Juris Doctorate from the University of Saskatchewan, College of Law, in 2020. Vice Chief Bear was called to the Saskatchewan Bar in 2021. She worked on a wide range of files, however, her passion and primary focus as a lawyer has been, and continues to be, revitalizing and implementing traditional Indigenous laws and finding expression for these laws in modern-day Indigenous governance structures.
Vice Chief Bear has taken on leadership roles in her own Nation, within the College of Law and has been an advocate for First Nations women and MMIWG2+. This passion of advocacy brought her to hold the Women’s Commission Portfolio for the FSIN, where she has been working on bringing the Red Eagle Lodge to life while asserting the Declaration to Honour First Nation Women and Girls to be adopted by all levels of government including within First Nations institutions.
Vice Chief Bear is the third woman to be elected to the FSIN’s executive council. Vice Chief Bear has already successfully assembled the Youth Legislative Assembly, which has not happened in the past five years. There are now two newly elected youth representatives who she will mentor and work with to build a regional FSIN Youth Association.
Vice Chief Bear also holds the Education portfolio for the FSIN. Where she has been working with different First Nations regarding access to funding for post-secondary, language revitalization and land-based curriculum development initiatives through asserting and implementing our Treaty and Inherent Rights and holding the government accountable for what is owed.
Education & Training Commission
- Elementary/Secondary/Post-Secondary Education
- Federal legislative initiative
- Provincial task force recommendations
- Science and Math Program
- First Nation Youth Summer Student Employment
- Language & Culture
Sports and Recreation
- Sports & Recreation Board
First Nations Winter and Summer Games
National Aboriginal Hockey Championship
FSIN Adult and Youth Treaty Tournaments
North American Indigenous Games
First Nations University of Canada
First Nations Women’s Commission
- MMIWG, Violence Against Women
- HIV AIDS
- Fetal Alcohol Effects/Fetal Alcohol Syndrome
- Women’s Leadership Development
***Share with Vice Chief Heather Bear
Indian Residential Schools, Day Scholars & Day
***Share with Vice Chief Lerat
- FSIN Youth Assembly & Fundraising
- FSIN Youth Council building with First Nations, Tribal
Councils and Independent Bands
- Youth Gatherings and Workshops
SIEF Saskatchewan Indian Equity Foundation (SIEF)
- Developing a strong economic base among First Nations
through board governance involvement
Youth Empowerment – ***Shared with Vice Chief Pratt
Provides additional capacity and offsets administrative supports to
Saskatchewan’s LFD agencies. SITAG is managed by SIIT and
receives staff, facility and technical support to undertake ISET’
• Commission Assignments
Urban Development Committee
Urban Business Development
4th Vice Chief
Fourth Vice Chief Heather Bear is a member of the Ochapowace First Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a wife and mother of 4 children and most recently, a Grandmother. Prior to being elected to the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations as Fourth Vice Chief, Heather had served as a Council member of the Ochapowace First Nation for six years.
During her term of office, Heather has worked collectively for the betterment and advancement for all First Nations in the area of Treaty Implementation, prioritized education as a Treaty Right and the foundation for our schools, ensured the development of First Nations youth to become the future leaders, and continues the commitment to improving the life situations of First Nations people.
Vice Chief Bear is an alumni of the First Nations University of Canada, she has obtained her Certificate in Indigenous Leadership Governance and Management Excellence through the Banff Center of Management and has served on numerous boards and commissions at the First Nation, Tribal Council and Federation level.
In October 2014, history was made as Vice Chief Heather Bear was the second woman elected to the FSIN Executive in 65 years.
First Nations Women’s Commission
***Shared with Vice Chief Aly Bear
Fiscal Relations Commission
- Treasury Board
- First Nations Bank
- First Nations Taxation Advisory
- Auditor General
Treaty Rights Protection Fund
Lands & Resources Commission
- Natural Resource Transfer Agreement Management
- Treaty Land Entitlement & Specific Claims
- Forestry, Mining and Water Resources
- Future Sharing (Resource Benefit Sharing)
- Hunting, Fishing, Trapping and Gathering
- Land Use Management, Public Works & Infrastructure
- Duty to Consult & Accommodate
- Environmental Impact Assessments
- On/Off Reserve Housing
Spirit of Our Nations Pow Wow – ***Shared with Vice
Center of Excellence