Elected Leadership

Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation is a signatory to Treaty 8, a member of the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and of the Prince Albert Grand Council. The First Nation is governed by a chief and six councilors, who are elected to three-year terms. The current term runs September 2017 to September 2020.

Chief and Council

Louie Mercredi

Chief

First elected to council in 2001. Served one term. Elected as chief in 2017. Chief Louie has been a trapper since he was a young boy. “We live off the land as our ancestors did, hunting, trapping, fishing and gathering. Our attitude is respect for the animals. We take only what we need. We are the caretakers of the land as Dene people.”

Chief Louie feels it is important for young people to spend time on the land, learning the way of life that sustained the people since time immemorial. Part of that includes staying connected with our fellow Denesuline across the north, regardless of the provincial and territorial borders imposed by the Canadian government. That includes a recent agreement for our people to be employed in each other’s businesses. “We live on the same lake, drink the same water. We need to work together as one people.” He also believes well run businesses are an important part of sustaining our selves and the generations to come.

chief@fonddulac.ca ext. 230

Willie John Laurent

Councilor

First elected in 1991 and re-elected continuously to the present (with one eight-month pause) Portfolio: Economic Development Willie John maintains the Dene way of living with regular trips north for hunting. As a councilor he brings a wealth of experience and knowledge about Fond du Lac’s recent history. He was one of the people involved in the creation of the Fond du Lac Development Corp, which brings revenue to the First Nation and job opportunities to the people. Development Corp monies have been used for upgrading roads, maintaining the landfill, improving the waterworks infrastructure and investing in housing. Willie John is proud to have worked on developing the Pine Channel pilgrimage site since 2000, funded by mining companies Cameco and Areva, to build an open-air, covered chapel that seats 300, a dock, kitchen, priests’ quarters and to purchase a portable generator. He has been instrumental in the North of 60 land claim settlement.

councilor1@fonddulac.ca ext. 223

Jake Mercredi

Councilor

First elected 2017

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Jake is pleased that Fond du Lac has a new website to inform band members about the Treaty 8 Agricultural Trust Fund. He hopes clear and transparent information will give all members confidence in the management of the fund that will provide an ongoing source of income to Fond du Lac for present and future generations. Jake has worked at the Cigar Lake and McClean Lake mines.

He says youth activities such as teen dances, group hunting and survival camping trips, conferences on suicide awareness, gospel jamborees and community events like the annual winter festival are healthy and important aspects of life in the community.

councilor2@fonddulac.ca ext. 223

Ronnie Augier

Councilor

First elected in 2017.
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Ronnie has worked as a heavy equipment operator since his teens and has been employed at Cigar Lake, Rabbit Lake and McClean Lake mines. He has also worked as foreman, lead hand and supervisor at K+S Potash Mine. He notes that maintaining and building new housing to accommodate the growing on-reserve population is a challenge as federal funding has not kept pace with increased need and inflation. Chief and council are working hard to ensure housing dollars are spent efficiently and the band get value for its money.

councilor3@fonddulac.ca ext. 223

Susanne “Sabrina” Fern

Councilor

First elected in 2017
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Sabrina’s nine years as a Prevention Services worker makes her a knowledgeable band council representative on the Athabasca Child and Family Services board. Her work as a community relations liaison for Cameco Corp had her introducing northern students to career opportunities in the mines and her three years with the Brighter Futures program had her planning positive events in the community with an emphasis on youth. Sabrina is currently working on a project to create an Education Authority for the three Athabasca Basin Denesuline First Nations. She also obtained funding to create a new Human Resources position at the First Nation.

councilor4@fonddulac.ca ext. 223

Andrew Isadore

Councilor

First elected in 2017
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Andrew has used his extensive knowledge of the land, tracking and survival skils in his 21 years as a Canadian Ranger, Second in Charge locally. The Rangers conduct search and rescues, as they did in January 2019 to help out a trapper who was found stranded with mechanical snowmobile problems. Andrew has been a fishing guide for over 26 years. He believes traditional ways must be incorporated into the justice system as it serves Fond du Lac. He was instrumental in bringing the first sentencing circle to Fond du Lac court in 2018.

councilor5@fonddulac.ca ext. 223

Fredrick Martin

Councilor

First elected 2017
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Fredrick was raised by his grandfather, former Chief Edward Martin, who took him on the land and taught him how to live
in the bush from hunting and fishing. “The elders teach us to respect the land, don’t overkill and respect the females. Being on the land is our way of life. We’re not scared of minus 50 temperatures. It’s not about survival. This is our way of life.”
Fewer people regularly live on the land now because we’re used to living with the comforts of modern living. Fredrick is glad to participate in passing on those teachings in traditional land use trips with youth and elders. “If we don’t start on kids now, we’ll lose it, like our language. When it’s lost, it’s hard to pick up again.” Fredrick worked as a process operator at McClean Lake Mine for 12 years and for Fond du Lac in the waterworks and maintenance department. He knows first hand that maintaining that basic but essential service is vital to a good quality of life.

councilor6@fonddulac.ca ext. 223