A well-respected community member with a background in child and youth work has been hired to address complaints and concerns related to Six Nations of Grand River Elected Council and its programs and services.
Joseph “Shakokwenios” Martin has been hired in the newly-created Yerihwahrón:kas (they hear the matters) position aimed at addressing all matters of concern regarding council, programs and services.
“As an integral role in addressing community concerns, this position will be the first or second point of contact for community members with complaints about Six Nations of the Grand River Elected Council programs, services, and any unmet needs,” SNGR said in a press release.
Martin is from Six Nations of the Grand River and Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. He graduated from Fanshawe College with a three year Ontario Advanced Diploma as a Child and Youth Worker.
Martin studied the Mohawk Language at Kawenni:io Elementary and is involved in traditional life at Six Nations. He has worked in the human services field on Six Nations for over ten years as a counsellor in various positions.
Martin is also a traditional dancer and enjoys running in his spare time.
He spent six years working with Six Nations Child and Family Services. He taught the parenting program, worked on the crisis line, and assisted with various types of community programming.
Yerihwahrón:kas will work collaboratively with Six Nations of the Grand River Elected council, directors and managers to analyze complaints and to determine how to resolve them.