The Nadleh Whut'en First Nation is honoured to profile some of its members that have made some major contributions during their life to their community. These people include:
|Damien Ketlo||Cheryl Bear||Dr. Marjorie "Maggie" Hodgson||Noeleen McQuary|
Damien Ketlo is currently a Canadian professional ice hockey player for the Sydney Ice Dogs in the AIHL of Australia. In 2006, he was drafted to the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League where he would later ensue his career.
Ice hockey goalie Damien Ketlo was born January 26, 1991 to the parents of Sue & John Ketlo Jr. He is a Carrier Native of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation, British Columbia, Canada. Damien left home at the age of 15 to have success with the BC Major Midget’s Caribou Cougars. The following year he would climb the ladder and play junior A for the Prince George Spruce Kings as a 16 year old in the BCHL as well as playing in the league’s all star game. In 2008, 17 year old Damien would make the final roster for the Regina Pats of the Western Hockey League. His rookie year involved attention from NHL scouts as well as being ranked in the NHL draft. He would take the starting role for the Pats for his 18 and 19 year old seasons before being traded to the Lethbridge Hurricanes for his 20 year old year. Here he had his best year of major junior hockey where he earned MVP honours for the team while reaching the 4000 save mark for his WHL career. Following his year with the Hurricanes he made his professional debut in the East Coast Hockey League with the Colorado Eagles where he would earn a shutout win in his first game. From 2012 - 2017 Ketlo played University Sport as a student - athlete with the Lethbridge Pronghorns where he would play the majority of the games while earning a Bachelor of Arts in Native American Studies. Upon graduation he received an offer to sign and play with the Sydney Ice Dogs in the AIHL to further his hockey career. He made his debut in Sydney with a shutout win and has recently been named to the league’s all star game.
- 2006 - 2007 Rookie of the year (Caribou Cougars - BCMML)
- 2007 - 2008 All Star Game Appearance (Prince George Spruce Kings - BCHL)
- 2008 - 2009 First Nations Athletic Youth Achievement Award (Regina Pats - WHL)
- 2009 Project First Goal, RCMP (Regina Pats - WHL)
- 2009 - 2010 Molson Cup 3rd Star Award (Regina Pats - WHL)
- 2010 - 2011 Molson Cup 3rd Star Award (Regina Pats - WHL)
- 2011 - 2012 MVP & 3rd Star Award (Lethbridge Hurricanes - WHL)
- 2012 Professional hockey debut and shutout (Colorado Eagles - ECHL)
- 2014 - 2015 MVP (Lethbridge Pronghorns - CIS)
- 2015 - BC Centre of Excellence for Young Indigenous Leaders (Victoria, BC.)
- 2017 University Of Lethbridge. Bachelor of Arts. Major: NAS (Lethbridge Pronghorns - CIS)
- 2017 Debut in Australian Ice Hockey League (Sydney Ice Dogs - AIHL)
- 2017 AIHL All Star Game invitation (Sydney Ice Dogs - AIHL)
- Frog clan
- Singer-songwriter/ drummer for Omega Crom
- Proud member of Nadleh Whut’en First Nation
My name is Cheryl Barnetson and I am the daughter of Susie George and Fred Schaefer and Granddaughter of Alec George. I am part of the Bear Clan (Dumdenyoo).
I completed my Master of Divinity degree from Regent College, and my Doctorate from The King’s University in Los Angeles. I am a singer/songwriter who shares stories of Indigenous life: the joy, sorrow, faith and journey, through story and song.
My portfolio includes Lands & Trust/Natural Resources and Education.
I was first elected as a band councillor in April 2014, and was re-elected in April 2016.
She is an award winning singer songwriter:
- Native American Music Award: Best New Artist 2007
- Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award: Best New Artist 2007
- Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award: Best Songwriter of the year 2007
- Aboriginal Peoples Choice Music Award: Best Single of the Year - Hey Cuzzin'! 2007
- Two Covenant Awards: Best Aboriginal Song 2008, Best Aboriginal Album 2008.
Cheryl has three cd's, the self titled Cheryl Bear album, The Good Road and just released A' BA in January 2012.
Cheryl has a Bachelor of Arts from Pacific Life Bible College in Surrey, plus a Master's degree (Mdiv) from Regent College, Vancouver, BC. In 2009, Cheryl Bear earned a Doctorate of Ministry from The King's University.
Cheryl says, "I always introduce myself as Nadleh Whut'en. As Indigenous people, what we do is not as important as where we are from. We know the land and the land knows us. We are shaped by place.
Dr. Marjorie "Maggie" Hodgson
Dr. Maggie Hodgson is a healing and wellness activist, educator, author and residential school survivor. As member of the Nadleh Whut'en First Nation, Maggie has worked on justice and healing initiatives nationally and internationally. She has received honorary doctorates from St. Paul University and from the Law University of Alberta and has received dozens of awards from diverse groups – from the United Nations to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police. Some of the awards include the:
- Champions of Mental Heal Award
- National Aboriginal Achievement Award
- UN Community Development Award
- Alberta Aboriginal Role Model Award
- Officer of the Order of Canada
- Canadian Public Health Community Development Award Association
- Alberta Alcohol and Drug Abuse Commission Award of Excellence
- International Award for Leadership in International Development from Health Canada in New Zealand
- Canadian Centre of Substance Abuse Award of Excellence
The youngest of six children, Maggie Hodgson was born in Nadleh with her mother had survived the Lejac Indian Residential School. As a result of the Lejac experience Maggie grew up in a cycle of mistreatment, emotional devastation, and substance abuse. Maggie married at 17 and was a mother of two by age 18. As an activist in poverty law, she was plunged into a lifetime of work when she spurred the investigation of the abuse of 26 aboriginal foster children. As director of an aboriginal training institute, she began researching and developing methods of education, intervention, and healing, which for the next 34 years would transform communities worldwide. Cofounder of the National Day of Healing and Reconciliation, as well as Healing Our Spirit Worldwide, Maggie believes that individuals, families, and communities that have lived with tragedies have a thirst to celebrate even the smallest successes. The success of her own movements is testimony to her beliefs. She developed the world's first National Addictions Awareness Week, which began with no funds and 25 aboriginal communities; in three years it had grown to 1,500 communities with 700,000 participants. She conducts healing workshops across Canada with both perpetrators and victims and is working on a process to settle cases outside court for the 13,000 aboriginals who are suing the government for physical and sexual abuse. She is co-chair of a working caucus that advocates for policy changes and which has convinced the government to allocate $74 million for counselling services for residential school survivors and $10 million for commemoration activities.
She has presented at many conferences across Canada, the United States, Australia, New Zealand, France, Germany and Norway on community healing. She has been a community developer, church and government policy lobbyist, co-author of four books, and has managed an Aboriginal education research and health promotions institute for eighteen years. Thirty eight colleges and universities utilize one of the books, “Nation to Nation”. The proceeds from her writing serve to provide bursaries for third world students to study addictions. She has been involved in the development of six non-profit/societies and foundations locally, nationally and internationally. She has sat on 12 boards of directors for service organizations and has been involved in national TV productions on family violence. She has spoken at hundreds of conferences on the successes and challenges that face the Aboriginal community.
Maggie is a wife, a mother and an auntie who has helped raise other children. Maggie values building relationships in families of communities within the limits of our humanity and with the Creator’s guiding hand.
Noeleen McQuary is a master basket maker working with birch bark and spruce roots. Noeleen learned this ancient art form from her mother and grandmother who instilled in her the spiritual principles related to the harvesting and making of baskets. Among Noeleen's accomplishments is the building of an 18-foot birch bark canoe, now part of the McLeod Lake Band Cultural Centre and one currently under construction funded through the Aboriginal Arts Development Awards to teach youth the traditional art form of birch bark canoe making. Noeleen is committed to educating others, including her daughter, about her craft and its historical traditions. Noeleen has created baskets for many galleries and private collectors.