Sayisi Dene First Nation, formally known as Churchill Indian Band established Tadoule Lake, Manitoba in 1973. We were relocated from our homelands in 1956 to Churchill, Manitoba. During the years in Churchill our identity was stripped spiritually, emotionally, physically and death due to alcohol. On August 14, 2016, we accepted the Relocation Compensation Settlement from Canada in the amount of $33.6 million for healing opportunities, the land at Little Duck Lake and an apology. We completed a detailed Comprehensive Community Plan, now we have the opportunity to start planning and assist the youth and their children for a healthy, prosperous community for the future generations.


Independent Trustee

Sangita Bhalla, LL.B, TEP

Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Settlement Trust

Our newest member is Independent Trustee, Sangita Bhalla.  As Associate Director of Indigenous Wealth with Royal Trust Corporation, Sangita manages a complex portfolio of First Nation Trusts including sole trustee, corporate trustee, Treaty Land Entitlement Claims and specific claims.  She is also responsible for oversight and management of the team of administrators.  With more than 25 years of trust and legal experience, Sangita is passionate about providing ongoing education, reporting, training and support at the community level. She has been recognized for her dedication and commitment to her role with a Leo Award, RBC’s Performance Program’s top honour.

Sangita began her trust career in Winnipeg at a Canadian trust company.  Her next role was with a Bermudian bank owned trust company, where she managed a team of trust officers and administrators. During that time, she was seconded to head up the company’s trust operations in the Cayman Islands. After her secondment, she worked for a decade as a Trust Manager specializing in family office structures for high net worth clients for the in-house trust company of one of Bermuda’s biggest law firms.

Sangita holds a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Manitoba, and a Bachelor of Laws degree from the University of Toronto.  Called to the Ontario Bar Association and the Manitoba Bar, she has also completed the Canadian Securities Course, and holds a Diploma in International Trust Management from the Society of Trust and Estates Practitioners (STEP), from which she graduated with distinction.  Sangita is a current member of STEP and has been the Chair of the Winnipeg branch’s Executive Committee. She is also a member of the Winnipeg Estate Planning Council.

Sangita brings the technical expertise as well as the genuine understanding of the complexities that underlie our community.  She approaches each nation as unique, working together with Indigenous Wealth partners for the best community results.

First Nation Trustee


Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Settlement Trust


Samantha Thorassie

First Nation Trustee

Samantha Powderhorn

Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Settlement Trust

“Prior me being a trustee, I didn’t understand the whole process and to be honest I wasn’t in agreement. I educated myself on the community comprehensive plan and trust documents and saw that we do have a chance for change. As the community trustee I play a big role in guiding with building capacity in our community for our future generations. Growing up we had very minimal resources, and now we have the chance to change that. I’m new at being a trustee, as I learn and grow, I’ll do my best to give my knowledge in building capacity for our future generations in Tadoule Lake.”

First Nation Trustee

Stephanie Zamora

Sayisi Dene First Nation Relocation Settlement Trust

Stephanie Zamora was appointed as an off-reserve Trustee in May 2020. She currently resides in Winnipeg, Manitoba with her husband and children.

Stephanie is currently working in the Social Service field as the Director of Human Resource.  For 13 years, she has held various positions within large, multi-disciplined, unionized workplaces, such as a Director of Human Resources and Organization Development and Vice President of Human Resources and Indigenous Initiatives.  She has been a leader in the development of various Human Resource strategic initiatives, program development, projects and partnerships to increase diversity and equity.

Stephanie is a Dene/Dakota woman who holds the certificate of professional membership as a chartered member of the Canadian Professionals of Human Resources of Manitoba.  Dedicated to continuous learning she is currently completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Manitoba in Labour Relations.  She holds a Human Resource Management Certificate from the University of Manitoba as well as a Health Services Management and Leadership Certificate from Red River College

Stephanie is a board member for Canadian Aboriginal Human Resource Management Association Council, a Council Member on the Indigenous Relations Council for the United Way of Winnipeg and a previous Board Member for Mount Carmel Clinic.  Stephanie has been an active member of the Indigenous community for over 25 years volunteering at various Indigenous community organizations.


The Sayisi Dene Trust Agreement is a document created by the people themselves to enhance the livelihood intended to be a long – term asset for the use and benefit of the beneficiary. The complete Comprehensive Community Plan will guide the member’s roll out the priorities for the future generations to come.

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