Napoleon ‘Nap’ Gardiner, was born and raised at Sandy Point on Lac Ile a la Crosse and spent most of his learning and working life in northern Saskatchewan. He served in a number of leadership and management capacities.
Nap’s active participation in many areas of development enabled him to serve as mayor of his home community for many years. His commitment to northern development led him to serve as economic development officer with the Department of Northern Saskatchewan during some of the north’s critical change periods. Nap has worked as founding member, CEO, and broadcaster for Missinipi broadcasting Corporation. In the late nineties, he was asked to work as CEO and to lead the creation of the Keewatin Yatthé Regional Health Authority.
He assisted in establishing and creating the foundations for health services in Northwest Saskatchewan. He went on to coordinate the Northern Health Strategy (an initiative he helped create), a partnership of northern health jurisdictions tasked to find solutions to many common health challenges and issues.
His broad strategic and visionary leadership, and management experience led him to serve in national aboriginal communications development including a number of years on the Executive Board of the Aboriginal People’s Television Network. For three years Nap worked with Métis Member of Parliament Rick Laliberte in Ottawa helping to bring national attention to regions such as northern Saskatchewan.
Nap’s other interests include playing and recording music, writing and narration of video productions, the ways of the world, and being out on traditional Métis homeland.
Wehkwas Durocher grew up in the rural community of Beauval, Saskatchewan. She spent 19 years in her home community before moving to Alberta where she received her Fine Art Diploma from MacEwan University. She later received her Bachelor of Painting in 2016 from the Alberta College of Art and Design.
After graduation, she followed her heart back home and completed the Community Economic Development Intern Program from Northlands College. As the Economic Development Coordinator and Asset Mapping Specialist, Wehkwas is proud to support a growing and developing region while promoting our west side Metis communities as a great place to live, work, visit, and invest.
Wehkwas enjoys art, swimming, and spending time with her family and two dogs.