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Treaties, Lands & Environment

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Treaties, Lands & Environment Team Members

Kelly Riley


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Kelly Riley has extensive experience in the area of lands and has recently graduated from the University of Saskatchewan, from the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program (IPRMP) and is a Certified Lands Manager. At graduation Kelly was given an award, Making a Difference Award, for his participation and the leadership he demonstrated in the program.

Kelly also has a background in Specific Claims and Treaty Research and is grounded in lands issues from an historical perspective.  As well, due to his former political career, Kelly has practical intergovernmental affairs experience with other First Nations, municipalities and federal and provincial governments. Currently, Kelly works as a lands manager providing advisory services to the First Nation, but also has a formal mentoring role in the Lands and Environment area as he is actively providing mentorship to COTT staff in the area of lands and administration, for the purposes of succession planning and continuity.

Theodore Albert


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Theodore Albert is a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. In 2017, he graduated from the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program and became a certified Lands Manager for the First Nation. Theodore started in 2013 as a species at risk technician, then moving into the position as Interim Lands Manager in 2015. Theodore manages day to day transactions such as lands transfers between members, permitting, licensing, leasing, general abstract and parcel identification with the First Nation. Theodore also assists the Sr. Environmental Officer in some day to day activities.

On a yearly basis Theodore meets with more then a hundred people to assist with the Reserve Land Environment Management Program (RLEMP), Matrimonial Real Property (MRP) and Species at Risk (SAR) activities. The TLE Dept. has identified 27 SAR with a potential for more, within the First Nation. Alongside the Sr. Environment Officer, Theodore has identified prime areas for habitat restoration for SAR. These habitats include, nesting structures, snake hibernaculum and restorations of wetlands.

Emma Young


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Emma Young is a member of Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. She grew up in Mt. Brydges, ON, daughter to Blake and Kim Young, granddaughter to Don and Grace Young. She attended the University of Guelph and holds a degree in Geography. Emma started with the Treaties, Lands and Environment department in July 2017 after returning from living in Edinburgh, Scotland for several years.

Brandon Graham


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Brandon Graham grew up in London, Ontario, and he can trace his ancestry back to the early European settlers in the Longwoods region.

He attended Western University and the University of Toronto and hold degrees in both philosophy and theology. He is very glad to be working with the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation!

Fallon Burch


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Fallon Burch is a member of the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation. In 2010, she attained her Medical Administration Diploma from Fanshawe College.

Since 2011, Fallon has assisted the Consultation team, which has led her to gain the skills and experience required to coordinate the ongoing consultation work with local municipalities, government agencies and third-party proponents while utilizing the Wiindmaagewin to build positive working relationships with proponents. Fallon also manages the Archaeology Program, which employs trained community members to participate in archaeology digs.


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Tire Recycling

Ontario generates more then 12 million used tires per year! Be apart of the change, recycle your old tires, so they can be used to create something new! read more

A Pocket Vocabulary of terms alphabetically arranged

This 1822 pocketbook was used to translate commonly used English words and terms into the Anishinaabemowin… read more


Community trail & learning pavilion

Last year, our department applied for the Canada Ontario Resource Development Agreement (CORDA) with the hope of creating a trail for our youth and community…. read more

Green Powwow

The Treaties, Lands and Environment (TLE) Department is consistently working to make the powwow greener each year!

Through our ongoing relationship building with Walker Environmental, we have been able to offer recycling and composting at our annual competition powwow. Over the last 2 years, we have helped to divert hundreds of pounds of waste from the landfill. The food waste that was diverted, was turned into top soil by Walker Environmental via composting and used at our community garden.

We each have a responsibility to Mother Earth, and small changes make a big difference. We encourage you to bring your own reusable water bottles, cutlery, feast bundles, and to use paper items instead of plastic. So, look for the waste diversion stations and please help keep Deshkan Ziibiing clean.

Looking for info on land acknowledgements? Read this statement (with suggested links) first.