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Before MSCN was formed, Brandy founded descendants of Michel First Nation Association (DMFNA) and is the CEO of the association.


DMFNA, has operated since its inception in 2017 on a voluntary basis and has provided services such as Covid-19 relief to it’s members. DMFNA’s mandate is to give those non-status Michel Family members a voice. Brandy has advocated and volunteered many hours for those non-status members to gain their Indian status.


Brandy is a certified Aboriginal support worker and was employed as a resolution health support worker for residential school survivors and thier families.

Image by Clay Elliot


Connection to Michel prior to MCNS

I have been researching Michel for over 40 years. Trying to find out who I was and where did I came from. This led me to a lifetime of Michel. I sat on the board of Friends of Michel Society twice over the years. I was involved with the mediation in 2018. Been a member of the Unity Group since 2014.

Volunteer experience

As stated, Board member for FMS twice. Have held other board seats over the years. Wetaskiwin Bowling Society. President of the Ponoka Girls Guides in the 1990s.

Highlights of work history

Held position of Band Manger for 2 different Indian Bands. Financial Controller for different Indian Bands and Band Corporations and a Hamlet. Executive  Administrator for Indian owned Ambulance Company.

Degrees, Diplomas, Certifications,

Certified Aboriginal Professional Administrator (CAFM). Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager (CAFM) Both from AFOA Canada.  Business Certificate from Harvard Business School. Business Administration Diploma from RDC



Connection to Michel prior to MCNS

  • Elected Michel First Nation Councillor 1995 to present, worked with Chiefs Gilbert Goerz, Rosalind Callihoo, and firstly Gilbert Anderson. (Not sure how to massage this to reflect that MFN Chief and Council, with respect to and upon joining MCNS, has stopped referring to being called Chief and Council of Michel First Nation in order to avoid any confusion of current Leadership).


  • Elected Director and Secretary/Treasurer of Friends of Michel Society since 1995 to present.


  • Have been involved in many Michel projects over the years since 1995, and attended MFN/FMS Annual General Meetings since the early 1990’s.


  • Attended the Indian Claims Commission information gathering session held in Edmonton on December 17, 1996, Friends of Michel Society Inquiry on the 1958 Enfranchisement Claim.


  • Growing up, her family visited both Grandparents every weekend where they lived on former Michel Reserve lands.

List any volunteer experience 

  • Volunteered ISC co-lead of 30 years for Kindergarten Christmas arranging for collection and delivery of staff purchased Christmas gifts for Kindergarten children by choosing their letters to Santa; started with one school and expanded to 4, with 2 being Aboriginal schools.


  • Current approved foster for Boston Terrier Rescue Canada.

List highlights of work history

  • Retired in 2018 with over 33 years of employment with the federal government, with 30 years at Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) with the majority within Lands as a Land Officer for Treaty 7, and Land Registry Officer and Land Records/Surveys Officer serving all Land Officers and all Alberta First Nations, other federal and provincial government departments, law firms, surveyors, other companies, and the public.

  • This included investigation and research of the status of reserve lands, Extinct Indian Reserves, sold and unsold surrendered lands, Crown lands, and fee simple lands; history of road status in road transfers and realignments; Certificates of Possession history and alleged encroachments onto reserve.

  • Special research projects included Duty to Consult, the Soldier Settlement Board Minerals, and land history before attaining Indian Reserve status.

  • Assisted on referendums, elections, and treaty payments, including the Treaty Annuity payment for Michel at Enoch in 1992.*

List any degrees, diplomas, certifications, etc.

  • Business Administration Certificate, Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, 1984.



Connection to Michel prior to MCNS

Board of Michel Band United for Justice Corp was the incorporated body established to protect the interests of all former Michel Band descendants as identified with the formation of the Michel Band Unity Group.

MBUG was formed to ensure that the remedies for wrongful Enfranchisements, suffered by the Michel Band descendants, were addressed under the Indian Act Ministry. As a result, the Michel file was moved to Indigenous Services Canada (ISC)in 2019 from the Ministry of Canada Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada which focuses more modernization and self-determination of Indigenous people.

Volunteer experience

Since 1981 my volunteer experience has been in relation to Michel Band (MFN), starting with contacting former members of the Michel Band, research in Ottawa  to initiate 1985 Claim for the Michel Band, continued research, leadership and on-going lobbying to seek justice for the descendants of the former Michel Band.

Highlights of work history

Working for Confederacy of Treaty Six, learning from Chiefs, Elders and working and living First Nation Communities and Metis Settlements for 30 years and experiencing community, ceremony and cultural traditions.

Degrees, Diplomas, Certifications,

CMA – Certified Management Accountant 

CPA – Certified Professional Accountant 

CAFM – Certified Aboriginal Financial Manager

Tyler Garrison


Connection to Michel prior to MCNS

  • Board member of Michel Band United for Justice Corporation

  • Formed to ensure that the remedies and reconciliatory actions of wrongful enfranchisement suffered by the Michel Band descendants were just and addressed under the Indian Act Ministry.

Volunteer experience

  • Youth Lacrosse Coach (2012 - present)

  • BCIT School of Business Professional Advisory Committee (2021 - present)

  • Vice President - UBC MBA Class of 2020 (2019 - 2020)

Highlights of work history

  • Manager, New Market Development - Translink (Jan 2023 - present)

  • Manager, Strategic Ventures - BCAA (Jan 2021 - Dec 2022)

  • Manager, Product & Process - Evo Car Share (May 2019 - Dec 2022)

  • Analyst, Business Insights - Evo Car Share (Aug 2017 - May 2019)

  • Financial Analyst - BCAA (May - Aug 2017)

  • Corporate Accountant - BCAA (May 2016 - May 2017)

Degrees, Diplomas, Certifications,

  • Diploma of Technology in Corporate Finance - British Columbia Institute of Technology (completed 2013)

  • Bachelor’s of Business Administration (Finance) - British Columbia Institute of Technology (completed 2016)

  • Certificate (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) - University of California, Berkeley (completed 2019

  • Master’s of Business Administration (Innovation & Entrepreneurship) - University of British Columbia (completed 2020)

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