Board of Trustees

Mandate: To determine how funds received from the businesses operated and managed by the Six Nations of the Grand River Development Corporation (SNGRDC) will be invested in the Six Nations community collectively.

ALAINA VANEVERY

Term Expiring 2021 (Board Chair)

Alaina Marie VanEvery is a proud Mohawk woman, mother of two girls and entrepreneur belonging to the Wolf clan and raises her family at home on Six Nations. Alaina was selected as a Trustee for the Economic Development Board of Trustees and began her term in November 2017. She has recently spent over a decade working in the financial industry serving First Nations people locally and around the country, advocating for their inherent and collective rights and facilitating communication and conflict resolution between individual band members and the Canadian government.

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Previous to becoming employed full-time, she held summer jobs within the community as a teenager in the Education Department at the Woodland Cultural Centre. There, an abundance of cultural knowledge and experience helped to shape her young mind. From a young age, Alaina has developed and displayed her leadership skills by volunteering throughout elementary school carrying out various tasks focused on proficiency; during secondary at the Iroquois Lodge and various community events such as the Champion of Champions Pow Wow. She continues to volunteer at the annual Bread and Cheese celebration and hopes to carry on a family tradition to serve, she is now in her twentieth plus year of participation. Today, self-employed, you can find Alaina volunteering within her youngest daughter’s classroom and her eldest daughter’s sports program. She is passionate about community autonomy and self-sufficiency as she strives to encourage, empower, and engage those around her to be their best selves and hope to continuously move forward as a community in positive, efficient ways.

RACHEL MARTIN

Term Expiring 2021

Rachel Martin is part of the Mohawk Nation and a member of Six Nations. She has worked as a Business Support Officer with Two Rivers Community Development Centre for over 15 years. During her employment she has implemented many community projects such as the Shop Local Shop Native Campaign, Street Banner Project, Student/Youth Enterprise Fund and the Break into Business Camps.

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She is also the owner/operator of BU:) Photo Booth Rentals. Rachel is a very busy community member who is currently the Chair for the Six Nations Arts Council Children’s Creative Workshop, “The Red Barn” and the Advisor for the Project Skate Park – Six Nations. You will also find Rachel volunteering at Keely’s Haunted Trail, Grand River Pow Wow and the Kitchener Blues Festival. Rachel’s favorite activities are riding her motorcycle and spending time with her two teenaged children.

CATHY GENERAL

Term Expiring 2021

Cathy is extremely proud of the work she has done for her people over the past 30 years. She has worked in many different capacities for various aboriginal organizations throughout the United States and Ontario. She has served on all levels of urban based friendship centres including holding a Board of Directors position for OIFIFC and NAFC.

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She has also been the Executive Director at the Niagara Regional Native Centre and Assistant Director at the Fort Erie Friendship Centre. Cathy moved home to Six Nations in 2004 becoming an entrepreneur for a few years, opening the Just a Buck Dollar Store in the Ohsweken Plaza. Most recently, Cathy has been contracted as a Policy and Governance Officer followed by a Partnership and Apprenticeship Coordinator for the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board (NPAAMB) whose head office is located on Six Nations.

Cathy is a proud wife, mother, daughter, sister, and grandmother of 5. She has lived on the Six Nations territory for the past 12 years with her husband of 41 years and her father. Cathy is looking forward to enjoying her retirement years on Six Nations and intends to contribute her spare time to the health and well-being of our community in whatever capacity that may be.

MYKA BURNING

Term Expiring 2021

Myka Burning is an Onondaga Deer from Six Nations. She is the mother of seven strong indigenous children. She has been involved with many boards and committees and projects within Six Nations and in urban indigenous areas. She is one of the founders of Six Nations Pride, the first Pride event to take place on territory. Myka is an advocate for indigenous rights, equity and community building.

ANDREW JOSEPH

Term Expiring 2023

Andrew Joseph is a proud member of the Seneca Nation. His educational background is in Aboriginal Law & Advocacy, and he has an extensive history of community involvement and volunteerism on a variety of projects, boards, and committees. Andrew has previously worked as the Director of Culture and President of Oshki-Anishnawbeg student association, a Policy Analyst for Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council, and currently works at a small law firm in Tilsonburg, ON.

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Having lived both on and off the Territory throughout his life, Andrew is keenly aware of the unique challenges and difficulties that come with both. He continues to be an advocate for his community and for Indigenous rights generally. Andrew is very committed to the betterment of the community and improvement of the quality of life for Six Nations Members, and continues to contribute towards the goal wherever possible.