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Gary LaPlante is currently in his sixth year as a SIGA Board Member, having been appointed in
2003 after serving briefly in 2000. He is also a Board Member and Chair of the Reserve Creation
Committee for the First Nations University of Canada. A member of the Moosomin First Nation,
Gary has a Bachelor of Arts Degree and a Business Administration Diploma. His work is primarily
in Inter-Governmental Relations as a Policy Advisor and Liaison. He also dedicates time toward
the Young Chipewyan First Nation Reclamation.
Isabel O’Soup of Norquay has been a board member with the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming
Authority since April 2007 and is former elected Chief of the Key First Nation. She was President
of Women on the Move and a member of the board for the First Nations University of Canada and
the Saulteaux Healing and Wellness Centre. Isabel O’Soup is also a current board member for the
Sunrise Regional Health Authority.
In 2008, Chief Standingready rejoined the Board. He was first appointed to the Board in 2003
holding the position of Chair until January 2007. Brian has held a variety of positions including
Chief, council member, and band manager at the White Bear First Nation, near Carlyle. He has
also served as the district representative for the Yorkton Tribal Council and has sat on numerous
boards, committees and commissions. Chief Standingready was re-elected as Chief of White Bear
First Nation in 2007.
Tribal Chief Thomas joined the SIGA Board of Directors in 2008. He was elected Tribal Chief of
the Saskatoon Tribal Council in October 2008 and has sat on a variety of boards including IGC,
IGR and HSDC. Tribal Chief Thomas has also participated on the committee on Health for the
Assembly of First Nations. Previously, Chief of Kinistin First Nation, Felix participated on the
Chiefs Committee for the Assembly of First Nations. Tribal Chief Thomas holds a Bachelor
of Arts degree.
Chief Shirley Wolfe-Keller joined the SIGA Board in January 2010. She has the distinction of
being the first person in Saskatchewan to have been elected Chief of two different First Nations.
In 2001, Wolfe-Keller was elected and then served two terms as Chief of the Muskowekwan First
Nation. In 2009, she was elected Chief of Fishing Lake First Nation. Chief Wolfe-Keller has served
on countless political and non-political boards and worked many hours as a volunteer for families
in need over the past 35 years. She has worked 20 years with Peyakowak Family Support, both
as a social worker and as Executive Director, and her dedication has earned her awards in social
and family work. Chief Wolfe-Keller holds a Certificate in Social Work, a Diploma focusing in Post-
Trauma Stress Disorders, and a Bachelor’s degree in Social Work from the University of Regina.
Sheldon Wuttunee (B.Ed) joined the SIGA Board in 2008. He was Chief of the Red Pheasant First
Nation for the last three years and was recently the Tribal Chair for the Battlefords Agency Tribal
Chiefs (BATC).
Sheldon Wuttunee is by trade an educator. His commitment to youth has been evident with
his involvement in various youth initiatives and he continues to strive to ensure that youth are
given opportunities not only in sports but other sectors as well. He is active with Elders in his
community and the Cree culture, being involved in many different aspects of promoting our
way of life as First Nations people.
Senator Roland Crowe of the Piapot First Nation joined the SIGA Board in an advisory capacity in
2009. Senator Crowe began a career in public life in the 1960’s, serving two years as Councillor
and six years as Chief of his home community. In the 1980’s, he committed himself to work in
the interests of all Saskatchewan First Nations, serving fours years as Vice Chief and two terms
as elected Chief of the FSIN. One of his most notable achievements was negotiating the original
gaming agreement with the province of Saskatchewan.