I am Marlene Roy, Executive Director at Treaty 8 Tribal Association. I am a member of Bigstone Cree Nation located in Alberta Treaty 8 although Fort St John has always been my home.
I have been with the Association since 2008 and have worked in various capacities. I am grateful for the relationships I have with leadership and community members. I welcome the opportunity to work with the nations and build a strong organization dedicated to providing support and services to our communities and its members.
I began working with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association as the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research (TARR) Manager in September 2021.
Prior to moving to Fort St John, I worked as a Researcher for the Indigenous Knowledge & Wisdom Centre, located in Edmonton, AB. During my time at IKWC I helped create a Virtual Library, and a Treaty Resource Kit to teach individuals about the Numbered Treaties in Alberta. I love to learn and am grateful for the various teachings I have received throughout my lifetime.
In 2017, I graduated from MacEwan University with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology & Classics. My interests include reading, history, photography, travelling and learning about different cultures. While working with the T8TA, I am looking forward to expanding my knowledge about the First Nations in B.C.
I began working with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in my role as the Archive Manager for the South Peace Historical Society in 2017. Since then, my relationship with the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research program grew and I was hired first as an Archival Consultant and then as the full time Archive Manager.
I have a BA of the Environment, with a major in Archaeology and a minor in First Nations Studies from Simon Fraser University, as well as a MA of History from the University of Waterloo. Even before my graduation from SFU, I was privileged to work with the material culture of the Peace River Region and contribute to the development of educational materials relating to the archaeology of Tse ’K’ Wa.
In my free time, I enjoy hiking and handicrafts.
I am looking forward to learning more about the Treaty 8 Tribal Association and developing the TARR Archive into an evolving resource for the communities of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association.
TARR Archivist Assistant
I started as the Archive Assistant at Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program in 2021. I am a member of Sucker Creek First Nation located near High Prairie, Alberta. I was born in Fort St. John but moved away at a young age and returned 4 years ago. I have, until recently been in customer service, working the Automotive Industry for the past 11 years. .
In my spare time I enjoy travelling to visit family as well as camping, kayaking and crafting.
I am happy to be a part of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association and look forward to learning the histories of the Treaty 8 First Nations.
Jordan’s Principle Coordinator
My name is Miah O’Neil-Simpson. I am a member of Bigstone Cree Nation, born and raised in Fort St. John. I went to college in Victoria at Camosun for my Public Administration diploma.
I have been employed with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) for over four years, beginning in 2016, working as a summer student in Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program (TARR) and as the T8TA receptionist. Recently I have been hired for the Jordan’s Principle Service Coordinator position.
I joined Treaty 8 Tribal Association in August 2017 as the temp Receptionist. I was successful in obtaining the permanent position as T8TA’s receptionist in October 2017. In addition to my primary job & duties, I also attained FNHA Medical Training to assist & cover for Gladys Lawrence. I currently live in Charlie Lake with my family and enjoy camping, kayaking and fishing with them. My time at T8 has been enjoyable and I look forward to the future
Medical Transportation Clerk
Gladys moved to Fort St. John from the Saik’uz First Nations in the fall of 1999. A number of years ago she completed a Computerized Bookkeeping Program, formerly known as Cariboo College and also has an Early Childhood Education Certificate from the Native Education College. Most of her work experience comes from working with her home community in Finance and SA Dept. She has also worked as a Receptionist at the Fort St. John Ministry of Agriculture and the Health Unit. Since, June of 2010 she has been working as the Medical Transportation Clerk for Treaty 8 Tribal Association, which sometimes can be challenging, but it is generally a meaningful and rewarding experience.
Kelly Ballard began working with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in 2006 as a Finance Advisor for our organization. She is now our Financial Services Director and she works closely with our department leaders in monitoring budgets and ensuring the key objectives for our organizations can be supported. Kelly also collaborates with our Executive Team to review and assess our organization regularly, to ensure financial responsibilities are met and reported on.
Kelly is a Certified General Accountant and she has extensive experience working in government and business environments. Kelly spent four years as the Finance Manager for the Doig River First Nation and she also worked in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, Alberta (namely Union Pacific Resources and Conoco) before relocating to northeastern B.C.
In addition to working with Treaty 8, she enjoys raising her two daughters in the country just north of Fort St. John.
Kelly’s continued contributions to our organization are highly valued and appreciated.
Finance Clerk/Indian Registration Administrator
Born in Northwestern Ontario, Alison is an Anishinaabe member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron, ON. She has lived in the Fort St. John area most of her life. Alison started working as the Receptionist for Treaty 8 Tribal Association in January 2015. During the Spring of 2016, Alison took training to become the Indian Registration Administrator (IRA). As of June 2017, Alison has been working as the Finance Clerk for T8TA..