Peerless Trout First Nation
Official Name: Peerless Trout First Nation
Membership Authority: Section 10 Band
*Election System: Custom Electoral System
*Council Quorum: Please contact the First Nation for the quorum information.
Gilbert Okemow was born and raised in Peerless Lake. Chief Okemow is a family man enjoys spending time with his wife and two daughters, his son, and his Grandson. He enjoys camping and hunting and being on the land. Chief Okemow has served and an elected official in the past in his previous role as a council member. He has also worked at Kee Tas Kee Now Tribal Council in an Elders advisory role. He wants to be there for his community and support the membership through various programs.
“I am now Chief and I just want to say that am proud because of the chance that the membership have given me, my goal is to watch PTFN grow in the areas of Economic Development and to utilise the resources within our traditional lands” .
Corrine Alook is a PTFN Council member who was elected in the last election. She has lived in the community all her life where she was employed with the Peerless Lake School for 22 years. Corrine has been a very active member of the PTFN Volunteer Fire Department is also a volunteer for our fire department where she provides countless hours of her own time outside her work as a Council member. Corinne decided to run for Council so that she could give back to the community and help the community members. She is enjoying her time as a Council member and learning about governance and accountability to membership.
Corrine as a vision for her First Nation which is to see the community continue to develop so that it will it will prosper and grow.
Paul is serving his first term as a counsellor and was elected in 2020 and is a council member representing Peerless Lake. Paul previously served as a Community Association member for the First Nation. Paul’s main goal as a newly elected official was to ensure that the communities of Peerless and Trout were working together as a First Nation. Paul was an avid hockey player and played a variety of sports. He would like to see an arena built in the area that would support all the Kee Tas Kee Now First Nations. Activities to engage the youth are a priority for him. Paul is very proud of the accomplishments of the First Nation which include the signing of Bill C-92, the planned paving of highway 686, Loonskin Cultural Camp and the newly formed Elders committee. He is also looking forward to seeing a Youth Committee put in place. In his spare time Paul enjoys spending time with his family and travelling to Slave Lake to see his children who now reside there. He also likes to hunt and participate in traditional activities. Paul would like to thank the members of the Peerless Trout First Nation in supporting him as a council member. He will continue to work hard and pursue increased programming and accountability for the First Nation.
Judy Sinclair is serving her second term as a council member and is a councillor for the community of Trout Lake. She has been elected until October of 2024. Judy’s main goal in her term was to ensure that the Trust Program was properly set-up with processes that were transparent for the members. These processes ensure accountability to the membership and allow them to be involved in decision making as it relates to Trust funds. As Judy is in her second term, she has noticed the increase in the employment rate in the community as well as increased partnerships with industry. One of these partnerships resulted in new skateparks for the communities of Peerless and Trout. Since the increase in the employment rates Judy sees the need for a daycare in the community so employed members have safe and reliable childcare. Judy is very pleased with the progress of the First Nation’s Council and their team building and is proud to be part of a team that negotiated bill C-92, the paving of highway 686, industry partnerships, financial accountability with clear audits and the consistency of the administration at PTFN. Judy is hoping that the First Nation will eventually have a recreation centre so there will be more activities for the youth and young adults. There is also a need to maintain the elder involvement that has been established and to encourage elders to be part activities and events that take place in the community. In her spare time Judy likes to do crafts and baking and spend her time on their trapline enjoying the outdoors.
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