John Lagimodiere is the President of ACS Aboriginal Consulting Services and the Editor/Publisher of Eagle Feather News. He has also hosted the award-winning national radio show, As If, on CBC Radio. John has delivered Aboriginal awareness training to clients ranging from the Saskatoon Police Service, Potash Corporation of Saskatchewan, Provincial Court Judges, Cameco Corporation and the University of Saskatchewan. John is a recipient of the Saskatchewan Centennial Medal and was honoured with a Living in Harmony Award from the City of Saskatoon in 2006. ACS received the ABEX for Aboriginal Business in 2009.
Jeanelle Mandes, from Beardy’s and Okemasis First Nation, is the News Editor of Eagle Feather News (EFN). She interned for EFN two summers ago focusing on the North American Indigenous Games (NAIG) 2014, and since, has freelanced for EFN. She holds two Certificates in Intercultural Leadership, Indian Communication Arts, two degrees in Indigenous Studies and Journalism—Jeanelle is currently studying for a Journalism Master’s Degree at the University of Regina. For nine years, she had worked in various mediums including; radio broadcast, print newspaper, magazine, communications and publishing. Aside from work and school, Jeanelle is a mother to a little girl, who at the age of three, was diagnosed with Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD). For four years, she organized Regina’s first, Light It Up Blue— an annual worldwide autism event, that brings together diverse autism families, government officials, Indigenous leadership, and educators to celebrate this day. Jeanelle is currently conducting research on autism in Saskatchewan’s First Nation communities as part of her Master’s project.
Over the last 10 years, Julie Ann Wriston has worked hands-on with First Nations and Metis people across Saskatchewan to establish an understanding of the issues facing our communities and the steps being taken to forge a new path of sustainability, vitality and success. She now brings her expertise to EFN as the Features Editor and Director of Marketing.
With a primary focus on business development, Julie Ann has had the unique opportunity to witness and participate in the real issues being tackled by our communities and assist in the creation of strategies to achieve future health and prosperity. Julie Ann is the former CEO of Pinehouse Business North, a Northern Saskatchewan owned company specializing in construction and labour services for the mining industry. Combined with Julie Ann’s past experience at Westcap Management’s BRIDG Program and the Métis Nation – Saskatchewan, she has gained valuable expertise in effective communication, information sharing and inclusion at the community level.
Julie Ann’s passion exists in the stewardship of Indigenous values. She is driven to be involved in the movement for change in perspectives, understandings, acceptance, and acknowledgement of the contributions and benefits that come from our Indigenous roots.
A proud Métis woman from Saskatchewan, Julie Ann is a mother of two inspiring children. She majored in psychology at the University of Saskatchewan, and holds a Business Communications diploma with distinction from SIAST and is currently finishing her MBA.
In the community, Julie Ann is a Board Member of the Saskatchewan Opportunities Corporation since 2013. She has served on the City of Saskatoon’s Urban Aboriginal Grant Committee, the Saskatoon Chamber of Commerce Aboriginal Opportunities Committee and the Affinity Credit Union District Council.
Warren Goulding is the Associate Editor of Eagle Feather News. He wrote Just Another Indian, A Serial Killer and Canada's Indifference, which is about the less-than-notorious serial killer John Martin Crawford. The book was given the award for "best non-fiction book of the year" at the Saskatchewan Book Awards. Warren has been a journalist since he was in high school and has been the publisher and editor of several different publications. He has been with Eagle Feather News for more than a decade.
Darla Read is the Associate Web Editor of Eagle Feather News. Upon graduating from the University of Regina's School of Journalism, she worked at The La Ronge Northerner before moving to Saskatoon to wait tables and try to make it as a writer. Luckily for her, when she contacted John Lagimodiere about writing for him, he took a chance on her, and she's been writing for Eagle Feather News ever since. She has written for numerous other publications and has also worked as a reporter for CBC Radio/Television and MBC Radio. She spends a lot of her spare time on Twitter, which turned out to be good job experience. She learns new things every day from her toddler, and shares a busy and fulfilling life with her husband and three pets.