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Igniting Change

article from “Say Magazine”.
igniting change

Herb Strongeagle, of Pasqua First Nation, was raised by his grandparents before entering
Residential School at Lebret, Saskatchewan at the age of five.

His grandfather was a medicine man and his grandmother a well-respected midwife. There were
daily prayers and offerings with a peace pipe and sweet grass, sweats and powwow dancing. His grandfather
was a spiritual person, as people from other reserves would come to see him for healing and prayers and he
would go to other reserves to provide care. His annualrain dances were well attended Herb obtained his Grade 12 diploma, followed by a Business College diploma, a Bachelor of Commerce Degree from University of Ottawa, and a Life Insurance License from Insurance Councils of Saskatchewan. He was one of two appointed first Lay Benchers for the Law Society of Saskatchewan.

Herb’s first position with Co-op Oil Refineries and was followed by management and finance positions in
Federal and Provincial Government Departments, on First Nation Reserves and with the Saskatchewan Indian
Federated University College.

Because of his athletic ability, he was recognized with awards and honors. He received the Tom Longboat
medal as best Indian athlete in Saskatchewan, was inducted into the Indian Head Sports Hall of Fame, and
into the Saskatchewan First Nations Hall of Fame. Herb received a Lifetime Achievement Award at the 12th
Annual Saskatchewan First Nations awards ceremony.

Herb’s devotion to sport led him to become a scout for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey league for
12 years and a scout for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey league for 3 years. The greatest
testament to his influence with youth has been the many young people who have successfully pursued an
interest in sports and higher education.

Sports have provided Herb with the discipline, selfconfidence, character, and team- oriented skills that
set the groundwork for successful relationships. At conferences, he encourages others to recognize their
own gifts and talents. His personal mentors were his grandparents, teachers, friends and sport enthusiasts.
He feels blessed.

Today, Herb is a Director of Many Nations Benefit Cooperative – which provides benefits of Group Life and
Health Insurance and Pension funds to groups across Canada. He is on the AFN Indian Residential Schools
Advisory Committee. Also, with his nephew Trent Blind, BA, BBA and CMA they established Aboriginal Financial
Services Corp. AFSC. As a result AFSC partnered with MacKay LLP Chartered Accountants to work with
Aboriginal communities and businesses to provide economic development, business and marketing
plans, accounting and audit, financial management, investment, taxation and other business related services.

Questions

What/who has inspired you to give back to our Aboriginal community?

What inspired me to give back to the Aboriginal community are my grandparents teachings as well as
what I learned and experienced through school and university.

What do you see as the major challenge faced by the youth in our Aboriginal community today?

What the major challenge faced by the youth of today is education. They have to work hard to achieve success.

What do you see as the major reason for the success of our Aboriginal community over the past ten years?

The major success of our Aboriginal community over the past ten years is the experience and leadership we have
in the communities.

What do you see as the major opportunity to enable the Aboriginal community to be more successful over the
next five years?

The major opportunity to enable the Aboriginal community to be more successful over the next five
years is the opportunity for skill training for employment.

What is your understanding of inter nation trade and how do you see it benefiting the Aboriginal community?

My understanding of inter nation trade is for First Nations to interact, form networks and exchange ideas
for economic development in their communities.

What is your motivation to be a champion for the Aboriginal community?

My motivation to be a champion for the Aboriginal community is to demonstrate leadership and be an
example of what we can achieve through hard work.

Two beacons for Aboriginals in sport…and in life

A member of the Pasqua First Nation, Herbert Strongeagle sits on the AFN Indian Residential Schools Survivor Advisory Committee. After
winning the Longboat Medal, he continued to excel at sports and studied at Saskatoon Business College, earning a provincial championship with the Fort Qu’Appelle Sioux Indians hockey team in 1957. He also played baseball in the Saskatchewan Southern Baseball League in the early sixties. Still, his true love was hockey, and he parlayed his knowledge of the game by becoming a scout for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey league for 12 years and for the Vancouver Canucks of the National Hockey League for 3 years.

Strongeagle’s business experience includes working for the oil industry and for the federal government, consulting on business and marketing plans. He was the first lay bencher to be appointed to the Law Society of Saskatchewan. Married and working full time, he returned to school to earn his bachelor of commerce degree at the University of Ottawa. He now sits on the Board of Directors of the Many Nations Financial Services Limited and remains dedicated to the success of First Nations youth in sport. Herb received the Lifetime Achievement Award from Saskatchewan First Nations in 2006.

Sacobie is a member of the Maliseet First Nation near Fredericton, N.B. Since the death of his 40-year-old father from a heart attack three years ago and after seeing his mother, sister and brother succumb to and overcome addictions, Josh has been giving messages of hope to youth everywhere—and especially to Aboriginal youth. “I’ve seen 90% of my friends take that wrong path…I feel lucky to go to post-secondary, to be able to play at the next level in football, to better educate myself.” He was the keynote speaker at last November’s National Child Day.

In The Community

Many Nations Financial Services Conference Appearances
PAGC Conference – November, 2006
PAGC Display
Many Nations Financial Services Display at PAGC

Prize winners that attended the Conference:

Garry Rabbitskin Sakimay Band – Won the Digital Camera

Victoria Berd Peter Ballantyne Cree Nation – won the Denim Shirt

Elton Head Red Earth First Nation – won the Portfolio

Cliff Bird – won the Golf Balls

 

CANDO Conference – October 2-5, 2006

Prize winners that attended the Conference:

Denim Shirts & Golf balls

George Nicolas

Trudy Crane – Key Band, SK

Deborah Baker – Squamish Nation, BC

Grand Prize – Portable DVD player

Galy F. Swite – Westbank First Nations, BC

 

FSIN Conference – October 25-26, 2006
FSIN Display
Many Nations Financial Services Display at FSIN

Prize winners that attended the Conference:

Ken Prosper One Arrow, SK – won the Portfolio

Brenda Tawpisin Muskeg Lake, SK – won the Candle Holder and Bath Kit

Dionne Doucette Peter Ballantyne First Nation, SK – won the bath and body Kit (picture below)

Yvonne Morin Peter Ballantyne First Nation, SK – won the large gift basket – (picture below)

AFOA Conference prize winner
prize winner Dionne Doucette
Peter Ballantyne First Nation, SK
AFOA Conference prize winner
prize winner Yvonne Morin
Peter Ballantyne First Nation, SK

 

AFOA Conference – February 23, 2006

We were pleased to see record numbers of delegates attend this years annual AFOAconference. Attending on behalf of Many Nations was Joe Carter, Chairman of the Board; Herb Strongeagle, Board Member; Judy Liland, President of Many Nations Financial Services; Stacey White, Group Marketing Associate.

Judy-Joe-Herb
Judy Liland, Joe Carter and Herb Strongeagle

Our NEW display booth was very impressive and caught the attention of everyone that wandered by. Over 300 people visited our booth most received our mints, stress balls, and entered in our door prize draws.

Display Booth
Many Nations Financial Services Display Booth

The following were among the winners:

Denim Shirts


George Mirasty – La Ronge, Saskatchewan

Joanne Smoke – Ogemawasj, Ontario

Brenda Pinay – Saskatchewan

Golf Shirts

Edna Quequish – North Cariboo Lake First Nation

Ron Blocka – Agency Chiefs Tribal Council, Saskatchewan

Harriet Sumner – Pinaymootang First Nation, Manitoba

Golf Balls

Alvina Michano – Pic River First Nation, Ontario

Lydia Gauthier – Lac La Ronge, Saskatchewan

Grace Strang – Lac Seul First Nation, Ontario

 

Thank you to everyone that stopped by our booth. We are looking forward to seeing everyone next year in Vancouver.

For more information please visit the AFOA website