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David Sutherland

David Sutherland is the Core Consulting Capacity Coordinator for the Fort Albany First Nations.

David R. Sutherland – BIOGRAPHY

David is a Cree person and a member of the Fort Albany First Nation. He grew up in his family’s traditional harvesting area and learned both Cree and English. He attended St. Anne’s Residential School and completed his secondary education in Ontario.

He obtained his Legal Administration Diploma from St. Lawrence College in Kingston, Ontario and completed the Program in Journalism for Native People Diploma at the University of Western Ontario in London.

David has worked for both the Provincial and Federal governments as well as Native organizations in a variety of capacities. He has a wealth of experience in the review of programs with a focus on the investigation of administrative and organizational issues. 

As the Core Consulting Capacity Coordinator for the First Nation, he facilitates training programs for membership, organizes career fairs in the community, networks and attends relevant workshops. He sits on the Governance Planning Committee, part of a self-government initiative which involves community consultations, policy development and drafting. He sat as a Board Member with the Education Authority which is responsible for operating a K-12 school as well as facilitated post secondary and continuing education programs for members of the Fort Albany First Nation.

David recently completely a three year term as an Ontario Hospital Association Director and was a member the James Bay General Hospital Board of Directors for five years where he was a member of the Executive, Finance/Audit, and the Nomination Committees.

He is an athlete and a serious runner who completed the Boston Marathon in 2009. David is a tireless advocate for healthy living.

David’s pride in his aboriginal background gives him a positive attitude and a perspective deeply rooted in traditional values.