The Indigenous Relations and Inclusion department, under the Corporate Strategic Services division, works within the Corporation to raise awareness and understanding of the cultural protocols and sensitivities involved in engaging with and serving the Indigenous community. The department also plays a lead role in establishing relationships with those organizations, agencies and groups representing and serving the Indigenous community within the City.

Meet the staff:

Regina Mandamin, Manager - Indigenous Relations and Inclusion

Ms Mandamin is a member of the City’s Corporate Strategic Services Division under the direct supervision of Karen Lewis, and will manage the City’s Aboriginal Liaison Office staffed by Ann Magiskan as the Aboriginal Liaison and Annette Pateman as the Aboriginal Liaison Strategy Coordinator (acting).

She is a member of the Wiikwemkoong Unceded Traditional Territory on Manitoulin Island. Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Regina comes to the organization with a breadth of federal, provincial, and First Nations public service experience.

Regina most recently served as Senior Policy Advisor with the Ontario Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care’s Indigenous Health Policy Unit in Toronto, where she worked with First Nations and federal partners supporting First Nations health transformation. Prior to that, she worked with the Chiefs of Ontario in a variety of roles as Senior Research Advisor, focusing on heritage and burial sites issues.

Before moving to Toronto in 2015, Regina worked in the National Capital Region as Policy Analyst with the Federal Mediation and Conciliation Service’s Industrial Relations Advisory Service, specializing in Indigenous labour relations. She attended law school at the University of Ottawa, and holds a Bachelor of Arts (Canadian Studies) from Carleton University.

 

Ann Magiskan, Indigenous Liaison

Ann Magiskan, a Lac Seul First Nation band member, is a long-time resident of the City of Thunder Bay. She studied bookkeeping at Confederation College in the early 90's, and then joined the Fort William Historical Park (FWHP) to work in the Native Heritage Program. It was here that she became fully immersed in all aspects of indigenous history, culture, teachings and world views, learning from respected community elders and in turn sharing this rich history and way of being with students, employees and visitors who passed through the Park during her 16 years as a living history interpreter.

Ann then moved on to the Thunder Bay Catholic District School Board to work as its Aboriginal Outreach Coordinator and worked with all levels of the school board, the broader community of Thunder Bay including businesses and organizations as well as directly with families to ensure that all children have an equal opportunity to education. Ann joined the Aboriginal Liaison Unit with the City of Thunder Bay in June 2013 in the role of Aboriginal Liaison. Ann has been happily married for 26 years and has been blessed with 3 beautiful children who have continued to shower her with gifts from the Creator over the past five years. These gifts are her 3 beautiful grandchildren who help to keep her grounded and have brought and continue to bring so much happiness to her.

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