Alberta First Nations
Michelle Wilsdon is from the Enoch Cree Nation, located just west of Edmonton, Alberta in the heart of Treaty Six Territory. She currently serves her Nation as an elected member of Council, providing leadership for the planning, development and corporate functions of the Nation. Michelle’s focus is on community development initiatives that allow her Nation to reconstruct systems of governance that strike a balance between meeting modern challenges and opportunities, while still reflecting the Cree values and traditions. Before becoming an elected leader, she worked in both the government and non-profit sectors leading initiatives related to community economic development, lands and resource management as well as intergovernmental, community and industry relations. Michelle currently holds a Bachelor of Science degree from the University of Victoria, a Certificate of Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program from the University of Saskatchewan and Professional designation as a Certified Aboriginal Lands Manager.
Councilor, Enoch Cree Nation, Alberta
Director, Economic Development, Ministry of Indigenous Relations, Government of Alberta, Edmonton, Alberta
Lead Research/Project Manager, Cando, Edmonton, Alberta
“I believe that reconciliation is a responsibility shared by all of us and is best accomplished through principled leadership, solution-oriented action, respect-based relations and effective partnerships. The IAMC is an effective partnership that embodies these values; should the Trans Mountain project proceed, we are well positioned to ensure that Indigenous communities are meaningfully involved throughout the life cycle of the project, something that has never been done before.“