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Tanya Sirois, Executive Director of the Regroupement des centres d’amitié autochtones du Québec (RCAAQ), is pleased to announce the appointment of Nancy Jourdain as Assistant Executive Director and Julie Girard as Director of the RCAAQ’s Observatoire des réalités autochtones urbaines. The experience and expertise of these two new colleagues will support the implementation of the most recent strategic plan and the achievement of the organization’s ambitions. Their invaluable contribution will reinforce the capacity of the Native Friendship Centre Movement to innovate and take action for urban Indigenous populations and their wellness.
A member of the Uashat mak Mani-utenam community, with a Bachelor’s in Law from Université Laval and a Master’s in Business Administration from UQAC, Nancy Jourdain also holds a certificate in Leadership from the Directions Program. She is a member of the Ordre des conseillers en ressources humaines. After 10 years at Cain Lamarre, she began a management career at Innu Takuaikan Uashat mak Mani-utenam as Director of Legal Services, before taking on the oversight of human resources and information technology a few years later. Recognized for her people skills, professionalism and rigour, Nancy Jourdain has successfully led transformational and technological changes in the organization. Committed to her community, she has served as a director of several companies, including in the energy, ports, hotel, museum, finance and community sectors.
A Pekuakamiulnu who grew up in Mashteuiatsh, and mother of Aliss and Napéo, Julie Girard holds a DESS in Business Administration and a Certificate in Public Relations Communications, as well as a Major in Political Science and a Minor in Indigenous Studies. She is currently pursuing a DESS in Public Management in Indigenous Settings. This is a return to the Movement for Julie Girard, who began her professional career with the RCAAQ as a Partnership Coordinator. She has also held various management positions with Pekuakamiulnuatsh Takuhikan in the areas of wellness and governance. She is committed to contributing to the Native Friendship Centre Movement’s self-determination in research to better assess its impact and promote greater understanding of urban Indigenous realities.