A member of the Huron-Wendat Nation, Mélanie Vincent has been working for more than 25 years for First Nations in Quebec and Canada. She has extensive experience in terms of planning, coordination, writing, management and evaluation, policy, and communications. With a multidisciplinary Bachelor's degree from Université Laval (class of 1998), a Master's degree in Justice and Security Administration from the University of Phoenix (Arizona - class of 2009) and fellowships from the Office of the High Commissioner for Human Rights of the United Nations in Geneva (Switzerland) and UNESCO in Paris (France) (2004), she has an academic profile focused on Indigenous issues, project management and communications.
She was the Director of the First Nations Socio-Economic Forum, a historic tripartite political summit held in the community of Mashteuiatsh (QC) in 2006. Her work experiences and profile allowed her to start her own consulting company in 2007 (Gestion MV Management) and she offers project management services for First Nations in Canada. She was the executive assistant and political attaché to the Chief of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador (AFNQL), Mr. Ghislain Picard, for 14 years (2007 to 2021).
She has coordinated information tours in many First Nations communities in Quebec, including the 2012 tour for the fuel tax class action. In 2018-2019, she carried out a pan-Canadian outreach mandate for First Nations and Inuit survivors of the Sixties Scoop, overseeing and coordinating a comprehensive outreach strategy on the claims process following the federal settlement agreement that concluded a class action across the country in 2018, on behalf of the firm Collectiva, the compensation administrator.
In June 2021, as part of a Canada-wide class action on the Boarding Homes Program involving Indigenous children, MV Management was mandated by the Federal Court as the parties' joint expert to conduct a survey of 100 First Nations communities across Canada.
Since 2017, Mélanie has been the volunteer Executive Director and Board Member of the non-profit organization KWE! Meet with Indigenous Peoples, whose mission is to organize and promote public events to celebrate First Nations and Inuit cultures, traditions and contemporary life, to promote traditional knowledge as well as issues affecting Indigenous peoples. The mandate of KWE! is also to raise public awareness of the realities of Indigenous peoples and to showcase the artistic talents of First Nations and Inuit members. A large-scale event is organized annually in Quebec City (www.kwefest.com) and brings together the 11 Indigenous Nations in Quebec. This event attracts over 30,000 visitors. Mélanie Vincent received the Deputy Ministers' Award of Excellence for the quality of this event in 2018. (Facebook & Instagram: @kwequebec).
She also contributed to the organization of the 10th anniversary of the adoption of the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples at the Palais des Congrès de Montréal in September 2017 on behalf of the Assembly of First Nations Quebec-Labrador. She also participates in the organization of multiple conferences, workshops, sessions, or forums, including events during the work of the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues, which takes place annually in New York, of which the 2019 Forum, including a side event on the safety of Quebec First Nations women was highlighted.
The Huron-Wendat Nation Council has also been among her clients since 2012. Mélanie is part of the team coordinating the enforcement of the Huron-Wendat Nation's heritage rights and interests in Ontario. In this role, she coordinates, among other things, relationships, and agreements for the repatriation of Wendat ancestors and artifacts of the Nation, organizes repatriation and reburial ceremonies of Huron-Wendat Nation ancestors and coordinates the complex logistics of these ceremonial events in Ontario. She was also responsible for the management of the Huron-Wendat Nation's communications and editor-in-chief of the Nation's newspaper "Yakwennra" from 2010 to 2018.
In the field of sports and recreation, Mélanie was the representative of the Huron-Wendat Nation on the Indigenous Committee of the 2015 Pan American Games. She also coordinated communications for the 2017 North American Indigenous Games in Toronto for the participating Indigenous communities in Quebec. In her personal life, Melanie has been an avid cyclist for 27 years.
Mélanie has been working regularly with the Quebec Aboriginal Science and Engineering Association (QASEA) for many years and acts as a consultant for the organization's strategic communications.
She also works for the Groupe de recherche et d'interventions psychosociales en milieu autochtone (GRIPMA), notably for the deployment of training in cultural safety.
In December 2019, Mélanie was a jury member for projects of an Indigenous cultural nature for the Ministère de la Culture et des Communications du Québec. She is a member of the jury of the ADISQ Gala since 2019.
Through her multi-level and field experience, Melanie has developed a professional network of relationships with First Nations across Canada and beyond. She is a member of the Association of Financial Officers of Canada (AFOA Canada) and a translator for national First Nations organizations, including the First Nations Child and Family Caring Society of Canada and AFOA Canada.
Mélanie is President of the Board of Directors of the Kwahiatonhk First Nations Book Fair and a member of the Board of Directors of the Wendake Tourism Office. She has a 24-year-old son, Adam, who is studying medicine at Laval University.
Melanie is fluent in English, French and Spanish.
In 2019, she received a special tribute from the Service de police de la Ville de Montréal, for her collaboration in the publication of the book "Mon ami...mon agresseur" (My friend...my aggressor), which deals with the testimonies of First Nations and Inuit members in sexual exploitation in Montreal.