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    Deanna is from Kitselas of the Tsimshian Nation. She graduated from the University of British Columbia Native Indian Teacher Education Program, Master of Education in Leadership (UBC), and Interdisciplinary Studies PhD in Traditional Nisga’a Leadership (UBC). She has been a humanities high school teacher, university instructor, Aboriginal Education Coordinator for the Province of BC, and founding, and current, President / Chief Executive Officer of Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a Institute, the Nisga’a post-secondary institute in the Nass Valley.

Dr. Deanna Nyce
Chairperson, NIAB Board of Directors

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    Reila Bird is a member of George Gordon First Nation situated on Treaty No. 4 Territory in Saskatchewan, Canada. Reila was born and raised in Regina, Saskatchewan. She is a graduate of the Indian Teachers Education Program from the University of Saskatchewan and completed her Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction at the University of Regina.


    As a member of the National Indigenous Accreditation Board, Reila is honoured to represent the First Nations University of Canada and share her knowledge and insight of education through an Indigenous lens. Reila believes that education is a shared responsibility, and together, everyone can positively influence student achievement and student success.

Reila Bird
Co-Secretary to the NIAB Board of Directors
Member, NIAB Board of Directors

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    Bobbi is from the Sioux Valley Dakota Nation. She graduated from Brandon University with  a 5 year Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Guidance and Counselling.


    She has had careers in both the Education and Child and Family Services areas.  She has been a High School Guidance Counsellor, a College Instructor, a Trainer, Executive Director of a CFS Agency and the CEO of the Southern Authority. She was on a medical retirement for a few years, recovered and came back to work as the Director of Yellowquill University College.


    Bobbi’s career span has primarily been within the First Nation community or a First Nation organization and has been rewarding with the ability of gaining knowledge from every First Nation person she has had the pleasure of working with. Wopida

Bobbi Pompana
Member, NIAB Board of Directors