The Wolastoqey Tribal Council (WTCI) is a not for profit organization whose role is to provide capacity building opportunities for its member communities within the traditional Wolastoqey territory in New Brunswick.
We exist to assist our Wolastoqey member communities in achieving their visions of success and to fulfill their endless potential. We do this by providing exceptional program and service delivery in support of each communities’ representative voice, while respecting their unique needs.
Launched in April 2010, ASETS is a partnership- and results- based, integrated approach to Indigenous labour market programming that links training to labour market demand and ensures that the growing Indigenous population is able to fully participate in economic opportunities. The objective of the ASETS is to increase Indigenous participation in the Canadian labour market, ensuring that First Nations, Inuit, and Métis people are engaged in sustainable, meaningful employment.
WTCI provides capacity builing training to our member Chiefs.
WTCI provides PR support to our member communities.
Our team consists of the Board of Directors, and five core staff members.
Shyla O’Donnell is the Executive Director of Wolastoqey Tribal Council and the Consultation Director for the Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick. A Graduate of Forestry and Environmental Management at the University of New Brunswick and a Registered Professional Forester, Shyla is a tireless advocate of forest stewardship and environmental protection. Being proudly of Wolastoqey heritage, Shyla is equally passionate about Indigenous rights and culture. She has worked on biodiversity, entomology, climate change and forest management in several provinces, including BC, Newfoundland and New Brunswick, and she has been a key player on major treaty rights and consultation files with NB Aboriginal Affairs Secretariat and St. Mary’s First Nation. Shyla is a fitness enthusiast and resides in Fredericton, NB with her husband and daughter.
Megan supports the Executive Director in overseeing all aspects of the organization including: Strategic planning, policies, board of directors meetings, supervision of staff and contractors and communications. Megan is a Bachelors of Science in Forestry graduate from the University of New Brunswick. Megan has more than 10 years of experience working in First Nations communities. Before joining WTCI she worked as the Resource Development Consultation Coordinator for St Mary’s First Nation where she was responsible for managing consultation of complex resource development projects, organizing community meetings, and reporting to leadership. In addition to her role as Senior advisor, Megan also serves as a member on the Provincial Advisory Committee for Protected Natural Areas and volunteers on the Truth and Reconciliation Committee for the Faculty of Environment and Natural Resources at UNB Fredericton. Megan declares that her most important role is being a mother to her son Jasper, whom she resides with in Wolastoqey Territory.
Sandra Polchies is a proud member of St. Mary's First Nation. Sandra joined the Wolastoqey Tribal Council and Wolastoqey Nation in New Brunswick in July 2017; as the Director of Finance & HR. Sandra brings 12 years experience in finance, and leverages this experience in her new role. Sandra is currently attending the University of New Brunswick to obtain her certificate in HR management. Sandra is very excited about her new position and looks forward to the bright future at WTCI/WNNB.
Shannon Polches grew up on St. Mary's First Nation, located in the heart of the capital city of Fredericton. Shannon studied business with a concentration in human resource management at the University of New Brunswick, she graduated from her studies in May 2017. Shannon strives towards helping members of her community, with educational, professional and personal goals. The Aboriginal Skills & Employment & Training Strategy (ASETS) allows Shannon's helpful qualities to shine through. With ASETS being an upward progression to meaningful jobs, Shannon is able to utlize the program to benefit the Wolastoqey communities. "I aspire to see all First Nation communities prosper through economic development, education and wellness. Establishing and sustaining meaningful training/employment within First Nations is vital to this prosperity"
Brett Collins, is the Office Administrator with the Wolastoqey Tribal Council. In his role, Brett assists the team with daily tasks and provides support when needed. A big believer in teamwork, Brett continues to learn and strives towards obtaining all the information and training he can. He holds a certification from the Canadian Rivers Institute for electrofishing, and is always looking for ways to help the environment. Brett is proud of his Wolastoqey heritage and is happy to call St. Mary’s First Nation his home.
The Board of Directors consists of the four Wolastoqey Chiefs of our member communities: Chief Candice Paul of St. Mary's First Nation Chief Gabriel Atwin of Kingsclear First Nation Chief Shelley Sabattis of Oromocto First Nation Chief Patricia Bernard of Madawaska Maliseet First Nation