Board of trustees

Board of Trustees


Brayden Omeasoo-Steinhauer


Brayden is a proud member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation. He is the Vice Chair of the Board of Trustees at Ermineskin Education Trust Fund and is serving his second term. Brayden is passionate about Indigenous education and seeks to support Ermineskin Cree Nation students in his role as Vice Chair in any manner he can.


Maureen Caisse-Ward​

Vice Chair - Trustee

Maureen obtained a Bachelor of Commerce degree from the University of Alberta in 2007 and a Masters in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, BC in 2021.  She is honoured to assist her fellow Board of Trustees to accomplish and maintain the mission statement of EETF “To promote growth and sustainability for continued support of ECN students’ educational endeavors.” 


Josephine Small


Mary Josephine Small has a Bachelor of Arts/Bachelor of Education degree from the University of Lethbridge. With numerous achievements in her career spanning from a 3-year role on television as a Cree teacher, to presenting in Peru and Hawaii about Indigenous language and Residential Schools, Josephine is currently a First Nation, Metis and Inuit Learning Support Coach for WCPS (Wolf Creek Public Schools) in Ponoka.


Danika Lightning​


Danika Lightning is Nehiyaw and Anishnabe from the Ermineskin Cree Nation. She graduated with her Bachelor of Science in 2012 from Concordia University and went on to complete her Juris Doctor of Laws degree from the University of Saskatchewan in 2015. She Articled with Calgary Legal Guidance and was called to the Alberta bar in 2016. Danika believes education is key to the growth and sustainability of a successful nation.

Abby Kaquitts

Office Manager

A member of the Ermineskin Cree Nation, mother of two children. High School Graduate from Ponoka Secondary School, Abby holds Diplomas in Business Administration -Professional, and Accounting Technician. She serves as the Office Manager of EETF. She Is a dedicated individual that believes in being humble, respectful, kind, understanding and helpful towards others at all times. Abby believes that on the path to success must first learn from the failures you encounter on your journey. Success is continual learning.

Tanya McDougall

Tanya McDougall


Tansi Nitotemahk, I am very honored and pleased to support, promote and give back to my nation and community of Ermineskin Cree Nation. I will continue to help create innovative ways to build the capacity of our ECN members who need our support, guidance and strength to achieve their educational goals and commitments. Ah-hay, naskomtihn, I am thankful; Sahkihtowin, Kisewatiswin mistahi, love and kindness always.

EETF Welcomes new Ermineskin Cree Nation Council portfolio

3 Jason Mackinaw

Jason Makinaw



Stephen Ermineskin


March 1, 2023- April 1, 2023