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Councilor Yellowbird

Councilor Yellowbird

Shay is proud to call Samson Cree Nation home. He is a life-long resident of the community that he now represents.  In July 2020, band members of Samson Cree Nation elected Shay Yellowbird serve as one of their Councillors. His motivation for entering politics was witnessing service gaps while serving as a Senior Advisor through the community's Pre Employment Support Program. Recently, Shay successfully appealed Samson's decision to overturn the July 2020 election result that removed him from office. On March 22, 2021, a virtual inauguration was held to reinstate his position as councillor. 

 

Currently, Shay serves as a member for the following boards and committees:

  • Education, Youth, and Skills Development (EYSD)

  • Young Spirit Winds 

  • Ambulance Authority 

  • Residential Development & Community Capital Planning 

  • Kasahkowew Child Wellness Society (KCWS)

  • Mikwan Financial

  • Men's Advisory

  • Consultation 

Read More about Shay here.

Shay is proud to call Samson Cree Nation home. He is a life-long resident of the community that he now represents.  In July 2020, band members of Samson Cree Nation elected Shay Yellowbird serve as one of their Councillors. His motivation for entering politics was witnessing service gaps while serving as a Senior Advisor through the community's Pre Employment Support Program. Recently, Shay successfully appealed Samson's decision to overturn the July 2020 election result that removed him from office. On March 22, 2021, a virtual inauguration was held to reinstate his position as councillor. 

 

Currently, Shay serves as a member for the following boards and committees:

  • Education, Youth, and Skills Development (EYSD)

  • Young Spirit Winds 

  • Ambulance Authority 

  • Residential Development & Community Capital Planning 

  • Kasahkowew Child Wellness Society (KCWS)

  • Mikwan Financial

  • Men's Advisory

  • Consultation 

Read More about Shay here.

About

 
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Shay Yellowbird is an SCN member and was elected as a Samson Cree First Nation Councillor for Maskwacis, Alberta in 2020. Prior to getting elected, Shay served as the SCN Pre-Employment Support Program Coordinator since 2014. Currently, Shay is finishing his last year in Business Administration at Red Deer College. He serves on 7 Indigenous Governance Committees within the SCN as a policy advisor and development coordinator.  

 

He advocates for Indigenous Rights, Treaty Rights, economic and social development, plus leadership and government transparency in order to advance the fiduciary best interest of members who he represents.

 

His portfolio of past experience also includes working as a Regional Insurance and Telecommunications Agent, and Banking Consultant for the Black Hills Federal Credit Union, in Oglala Lakota Sioux territories. As he is half Oglala from the Six Nations Confederacy, through his matriarchal line.

 

Shay was inspired by the inherent teachings and mentorship from of his mosom- nimosompan (late grandfather), former SCN Chief Norman Yellowbird, and his uncle Marvin Yellowbird,  SNC Elected Councillor; both respected leaders who instilled in Shay an understanding of Aboriginal Rights, self-determination and way of life, plus values of honesty, accountability and service.

 

One of Shay’s first accomplishments after getting elected was winning a historic court case on March 8, 2021; Yellowbird vs SCN. The courts determined that Shay’s  interpretation and application to the courts, that the SCN Election Committee uphold SNC Election Law and Indigenous Law, was withstanding. 

 

During his instatement ceremony on March 15, 2021, SCN tribal council recognized Shay as the youngest member to ever be elected at the age of 32.  In his former role as Pre-Employment Coordinator, Shay was instrumental in helping a lot of youth access education, via postsecondary, upgrading, GED, and drivers training programs. Shay is so passionate about Youth Initiatives, he donates 10% of his personal income as an elected councilor, back to SCN youth programs to continue to pay forward.

Media

 
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A Conversation with Rob Boutilier and Shay Yellowbird

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Alberta Cree Nation Councilor Unreasonably Fired to be Reinstated Effective Immediately By Judge

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Ex-councilor Files for Court Injunction in Samson Cree Nation over 'Manipulated Appeals  Process'

Q&A

 

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Samson Cree Nation election laws

Councilor Yellowbird wants to make the Samson Cree Nation election laws easily accessible and available to the public in an effort to increase transperancy and openness between Nation members and the Council.