FSIN Vice Chief tenders resignation
Simon Bird to become educational administrator in Alberta
Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations Fourth Vice Chief Simon Bird is leaving the world of politics.
Vice Chief Bird has tendered his resignation, and will soon become an administrator with the Stoney Nakoda Tribal Authority's school system. Bird will be based out of Morley, Alberta, west of Calgary.
Bird said he had decided he would not run for re-election in September, and when the job opportunity came up, he leapt at the chance.
"With educational administration comes obligations and expectations to start as soon as possible," Bird said. "I'm hoping to connect with our staff members before they take their summer holidays and establish relationships, basically prepare for the first day of school in the fall."
The FSIN has been hit with federal government cutbacks recently, and while there was talk to reduce the number of vice-chiefs in the organization, member chiefs voted to keep the executive intact.
Bird said he believes the organization is strong, but said he would like to see more support for the federation.
"The FSIN has been around for 65 years and it has great potential to be around for another 65 years," he said. "I do think we need to work together stronger. I think that our First Nations members, if they see the value of how much it helps them, they would have no problem supporting the FSIN."
Bird was recently chosen as one of CBC Saskatoon's Future 40 Under 40.