Kim Baird, Renowned Leader, Former Chief Tsawwassen First Nation
"Michele and Sheldon have worked with Tsawwassen First Nation in helping to strategically resource TFN's self-government activities. Michele has been involved in integrating Coast Salish Culture into Tsawwassen's new laws and institutions. They have both been very supportive, respectful and are strong advocates in building governance capacity for First Nations people. They operate with a spirit of openness - ensuring that what they learn or experience with a First Nation can be appropriately shared. In Tsawwassen's case, they developed best practice training resources for other First Nations to benefit from. In my view they are extremely intelligent, dedicated and have real experience and skills to offer to support First Nation leaders' vision and objectives in relation to governance and capacity development."
Doug McArthur, Professor & Distinguished Fellow
Graduate School of Public Policy - Simon Fraser University
"First Nation and aboriginal governments and institutions are now taking on many new and different responsibilities. In order to succeed, there will be a need for a great deal of professional expertise, including in policy and laws development, management and administration processes, and organizational development. These will have to be developed with the help of people with the highest quality knowledge and skills. I know well the work that Michele Guerin and Sheldon Tetreault have done. It is always of the highest quality. Their knowledge, experience, and ability will be of great help to aboriginal governments and institutions who are building their capacity, exercising their authority and developing their programs.
Michele and Sheldon know aboriginal communities, they have an almost unequalled depth of experience, and they provide work of the highest quality. They will support the work of internal staff, provide first class training and provide excellent advice based on their years of experience and knowledge. As consultants, they will be a great resource available to First Nation and aboriginal groups. I recommend them highly as expert advisers, consultants and trainers. It will be hard to find anyone better."
Director, Udall Center for Studies in Public Policy, University of Arizona
(Harvard Project on American Indian Economic Development)
"First through the National Centre for First Nations Governance and now through their own firm, Michele Guerin and Sheldon Tetreault have been working closely with First Nations on governance and nation building. They are experts in the field who bring to their work broad knowledge, ample experience at ground level, and a deep commitment to strengthening First Nations. It has been my good fortune to collaborate with them or seek their advice on several projects, and I'm looking forward to working with them again."
Sophie Pierre, Former Chief Commissioner, BC Treaty Commission
"In my opinion, Michele and Sheldon are dedicated and well informed professionals committed to supporting good governance practices for First Nations. Their knowledge, experience and empathy for the capacity challenges faced by First Nations are appropriate to the work that is needed in our communities."
Alison McNeil - Chair, Public Administration Department, Capilano University
"I have found Sheldon Tetreault and Michele Guerin to be an invaluable source of advice and support to local governments as they seek to learn about and engage First Nations. They have provided my public administration students (who are professionals working for local government), key knowledge and insights into how First Nations governments work and current Aboriginal issues.
Sheldon and Michele are excellent listeners, easily approachable and responsive to the needs of those they work with. I would recommend them to anyone wanting to develop stronger more positive working relationships with First Nations."