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Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant

Suzanne Katsi'tsiarihshion Brant, M.E.S, I.M.C, P.H.C.P,



Suzanne is Mohawk from the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory situated on the Bay of Quinte.  As President of FNTI, Suzanne is focused on ensuring that Indigenous Knowledge is woven through all aspects of the Institute, and committed to the idea that ‘responsive education’ remains the hallmark of her vision for FNTI. 


Suzanne is a recognized Traditional Health Educator and program developer, having graduated from the Institute of Integrated Medicine as an Integrated Medical Clinician. She attained a Master’s Degree in Environmental Studies from York University.  Over the past 25 years, key to her work has been the preservation of Indigenous knowledge. 


Areas of interest include, but are not limited to traditional uses of medicinal plants & their positive influence on health, and the role culture plays in the preservation of the natural environment.  Suzanne has a broad range of educator experience including supervising programming and faculty; providing leadership for program development; serving as manager on various projects; developing curriculum and teaching courses; developing and teaching professional development workshops.  Suzanne is a member of the Haudenosaunee Environmental Task Force and formerly served on the Board of Governors for St. Lawrence College.


Adam Hopkins, B.A., M.P.A.



Adam is Lunapeew and Anishnaabe from the Delaware Nation – Moraviantown. He’s a graduate of Trent University and FNTI/Queen’s. He spent 10 years working in the university sector, principally in student support, before coming to First Nations Technical Institute (FNTI). Currently, he provides leadership to the following portfolios at FNTI: Marketing and Recruitment, Office of the Registrar, Student Success and Service Delivery, First Peoples Aviation, and Ohahase Secondary School. He currently co-chairs and is a member of several Aboriginal Education Councils throughout the province. He has also been heavily involved in the Friendship Centre movement and sits on several boards/councils related to that work.

Dr. Umar Keoni Umangay, B.Sc., B.A., B.Ed., M.Ed., Ed.D.



A native Hawaiian (kanaka maoli), Umar Keoni was raised in San Diego, grew up in Elliot Lake, Ontario, and completed his undergraduate and graduate schooling at the University of Toronto with the following degrees BSc, BA, BEd, MEd, EdD. Before joining FNTI, Umar Keoni was a Lecturer at the School of Teacher Education at Charles Sturt University, Australia. He was previously the project manager for the Aboriginal Science Preparatory Project, the interim manager of Four Directions Student Centre, assistant professor and faculty liaison for the Aboriginal Teacher Education Program at Queen's University, Kingston. He also taught high school at the Ohahase Education Centre at FNTI and was an occasional teacher and teacher at the Dufferin-Peel Catholic School Board. His current research interests include the decolonization of education research practices, the related development of an activity theory of Indigenous education models, as well as several other studies of Indigenous informal learning models, and an ongoing analysis of Indigenous sovereignty movements, political consciousness, and ecological sustainability practices.


Donna Silver-Smith,



Donna is Vice President, Corporate Services at First Nations Technical Institute where she focuses on organizational strategic operations and initiatives. Prior to her work as an executive team member, she has held management positions with St. Lawrence College and Queen’s University. Donna is a proven professional with over 25 years of experience in human resource management and post-secondary professional development training. Donna attended the Bachelor of Arts, Sociology at Trent University.  As well as being part of leadership teams for international private corporations, she has spent the last decade and a half working with organizations to align their strategies with business outcomes.

Cathie Findlay