Lands and Resources


The Lands and Resources Department provides strategic and policy advice regarding the conservation, protection and management of the natural resources within the Mushkegowuk traditional territory to the Grand Chief, and to the Chiefs and Councils of Mushkegowuk First Nations. The program also provides support to the First Nations of Mushkegowuk regarding the potential development of those resources.

It is the intention of the Lands and Resources Department to support the aspirations of the First Nations of Mushkegowuk to be an integral part of any resource development occurring on their traditional territories both in decision making and economic participation.

Mushkegowuk First Nations are facing a large range of new development projects and policy changes that will have a lasting impact on the entire region.


Lands & Resources Staff

Timmins Office
Telephone: (705) 268-3594  |  Fax: (705) 268-3282

Vern Cheechoo, Director of Lands & Resources
Email: (705) 268-3594 ext. 230

Barb Duffin, Information Systems Director
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 247

Sarah Couchie, GIS Officer
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 249

Kim Rozon, GIS Education Specialist
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 223

Pauline Veenstra, Finance Administration Officer
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 248

Virginia Sutherland, ROF Regional Coordinator
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 226

Corrina Gagnon, Resource Liaison
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 240

Roxanne Metlin, Mining Exploration Advisor
Email: | (705) 864-0784

John Okonmah, EDO Project Officer
Email:  | (705) 268-3594 ext. 232

Albalina Metatawabin, GM for Mushkegowuk Development Corporation
Email: | (705) 268-3594 ext. 243