Meet Jimmy

Professional First Nation Consultant

Jimmy Thunder, MBA, CAPM, BA, RPT is an Oji-Cree Asper MBA graduate and proud member of Sachigo Lake First Nation, Ontario. He is currently working as the director of economic development for Norway House Cree Nation, and successfully won economic developer of the year award at the 2023 Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO) in Membertou, Nova Scotia. He has recently overseen the completion of a five-year economic development plan for the community.

Jimmy also teaches Indigenous Economic Leadership at the University of Manitoba. This class covers economic development and leadership from an Indigenous lens and highlights success stories, best practices, and emerging themes. He also teaches at Horizon College and Seminary in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. He is a trained facilitator with the Indigenous Leadership Development Institute through which he works as a consultant for First Nations and First Nation organizations.

Jimmy actively encourages public engagement with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action, which are 94 ways that any Canadian citizen can be involved in advancing reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Peoples in Canada. He does this as co-founder of Reconciliation Thunder (see www.reconciliationthunder.org) through social media campaigns such as the #94in94 campaign in which he partnered with Circles for Reconciliation and the National Center for Truth and Reconciliation to share one call to action per day for 94 days.

As a result of speaking publicly in these contexts, he has been invited into post-secondary institutions and community organizations as a consultant on matters related to cultural awareness, anti-racism, and inclusion.

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