Published on July 30, 2014 by Amy
Blaine Christopher Favel was raised on the Poundmaker Cree Nation and was influenced by the teachings of his late father and grandfather,Chief Henry Favel and Poundmaker’s last lifetime Chief Thomas Favel. Chief Favel was educated at the University of Saskatchewan where he received his Bachelors of Education (B.ED). Queen’s University for his law degree (LL.B) and Harvard Business School for his Masters in Business Administration (MBA).
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During his tenure as Chief of the Poundmaker Cree Nation, Chief favel established the first community based justice program for First Nations with the introduction of sentencing circles on reserves. As leader of the FSIN, Chief Favel negotiated and signed the agreement with Saskatchewan creating the Saskatchewan Indian Gaming Authority (SIGA) which has resulted in First Nations ownership of casinos in Saskatchewan. Since it’s creation in 1994, SIGA has employed thousands of First Nations people and has distributed millions of dollars to First Nations of Saskatchewan. In 1996, Chief Favel implemented the Treaty Implementation Process under the supervision of the Office of the Treaty Commissioner with the governments of Canada and Saskatchewan. In 1997, Chief Favel established the First Nations bank of Canada in partnership with the Toronto Dominion Bank of Canada, Canada’s first bank owned and operated by First Nations people.
The most important work initiated by Chief Favel was the 1996 demographic study entitled “Saskatchewan and Aboriginal Peoples in the 21st Century: Social Economic and Political Changes and Challenges.” This study was
developed to educate the population and political leadership of Saskatchewan on the socio –economic impacts a growing Aboriginal population would have on the Province of Saskatchewan. It has been accepted as a reference document for the business community and government in designing educational, employment and aboriginal business strategies.