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.
The Board of Directors consists of the four Wolastoqey Chiefs of our member communities: Chief Allan (Chicky) Polchies Jr. 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
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.
Nick is from the Tobique First Nation and holds a Certificate in First Nations Business Administration from the University of New Brunswick. Prior to joining the Wolastoqey Tribal Council, Nick was the Assistant Manager of a First Nations financial institution. Nick is also a Veteran of the United States Army, where he served as a Medic. His background in finance and his strong leadership qualities will be a tremendous addition to the Tribal Council. Nick is an avid hunter and outdoorsmen, and is happy to be residing in Wolastoqey Territory with his wife and children.