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Owned and by operated by Bonnie Couchie, M.A., the office of First Nations' Issues is located at 31 Rabbit rd in Pic River First Nation, Ontario. Box 162, P0T 1R0, Phone: (807) 229-8790, Cell: (807) 708-0023, fax number: (807) 229-8226. If you would like to reach Bonnie Couchie by e-mail the address is This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .




 

My Bio:

Bonnie Couchie M.A originates from Nipissing First Nation and Bear Island. She grew up in small towns of PEI, Cape Breton, NWT, Northwestern Ontario and Newfoundland and settled in Pic River First Nation where she built her own home; literally. She holds a Masters Degree in Interdisciplinary Humanities from Laurentian University and an H.B.A in Indigenous Learning with a minor in Law and Politics. She is a talented singer-songwriter, and owner of the communities’ only House Concert venue: “The Blue Tin Roof”, where she has hosted well over 30 musicians and bands. She is also the owner of two thriving businesses: The Pic River Guest Suite www.picriverguestsuite.com and First Nations' Issues: a Research Consulting business.

Her Music: On October 13, 2009 she released her debut CD entitled “Feather for an Elephant” which, has seen international Radio play. Some of her songs have received accolades in CBC radio 3 and Indie Week Festival Twitters. Before the release of her CD, she was nominated for a Toronto Independent Music Award. In September and October 2009 She toured extensively in from Eastern Canada to Northwestern Ontario. http://www.myspace.com/bonniecouchie

With 17 years experience, she is well respected as a leader in developing Meaningful Consultation processes for First Nations, and in mapping Native land use and values. She has presented and published her work on Aboriginal Consultation and Aboriginal Land Rights both Nationally and Internationally. In 2008-2009 she was an active focus group member in the development of an MNR Aboriginal Traditional Knowledge Strategy. In February and March of 2008 she worked with the Yorta Yorta People in Australia as an expert land use researcher to record and map their lives on their land.

For the past 20 years Bonnie Couchie has successfully advocated various Human/Aboriginal Rights. When she was 26 she won a Human Rights case against Hallmark. She later changed the National discriminatory policy of another large Corporation and it’s subsidiary companies. She has also educated hundreds of people through her workshops and her university courses on Aboriginal Law, Politics and History. Her workshops are inspiring, informative and empowering.

 

 



WORKSHOPS

1. "Understanding and
Retaining our Rights:
Indian Tax Exemption"

March 11-12, 2010
Casino Rama, Orillia
Ontario
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Book tickets for Diamond Rio, March 11


2. "Achieving Meaningful Consultation"
TBA
Casino Rama, Orillia
Ontario
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3. "A kick in the 'but':
A youth empowerment workshop"

Invite me to your community
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For on-site workshops