The Community Fund Trustees are Ralph Sutherland, Lloyd Sinclair, Barry Bear, Freda Bear and Yvonne Houle. Under the terms of the Trust Agreement at least one Community Fund Trustee must be located off Reserve. Yvonne Houle is the off Reserve Community Fund Trustee for the Trust. Stan Bird was the previous off Reserve Community Fund Trustee; however, he resigned as the off Reserve Community Fund Trustee when he moved back to Peguis. Yvonne Houle replaced Stan on August 24, 2010.

The Community Fund Trustees are responsible for identifying, determining or recommending to Council or to Council and the Members “Expenditures Beneficial to Peguis First Nation”.  

The Community Fund Trustees are:

Barry Bear

My parents are Archie and Agnes Bear. I’m married to Freda. We have three children. Shari, Desmond and Dale And have seven grandchildren, Parker, Skylar, Logan, Emma, Edward, Kassidy and Bethany. Grew up in Peguis, left to residential school at Portage La Prairie, after finishing grade nine. Took a plumbing course at Brandon Vocational Institute, returned home and left to work in the North West Territories as a Plant Forman for Freshwater Fisheries. We moved to Pine Point, NWT and worked as Heavy Equipment Operator until we moved home. Back home in Peguis, I did plumbing for housing, mall, sr centre, community hall, elderly housing and al care centre. I then changed my profession and trained to be a priest. I served our people for the last 20 years, and am now retired. I have enjoyed serving our people but now enjoying my retirement and serving as a Trustee.

Freda Bear

My parents are Gertrude and Bert Walker

I’m married to Barry. We have three children Shari, Desmond and Dale and seven grandchildren, Parker, Skylar, Logan, Emma, Edward, Kassidy and Bethany.

Grew up and went to school in Peguis, after finishing grade nine I went to Teulon Residential School.  Came home and worked for Peguis Band then moved to the NWT.  There I worked as secretary at Galena Heights School in Pine Point, and as manager at the Pine Point Hotel. 

Returning back to Peguis I was executive secretary to Chief and Council, then was moved into accounting and Band Manager.  I left work and have been volunteering and assisting my husband for the last 20 years in his priesthood.

We loved serving our people, and are enjoying retirement.  Was voted as Trustee since beginning.  

Lloyd Sinclair

Lloyd is the son of Maude and the late Ronald Sinclair. Lloyd had 9 siblings 7 brothers and 2 sisters. I have been married to my wife Janice for 40 years and have 3 children 1 daughter Adrienne Manningway, 2 sons Ronald and Roland Sinclair. I have 12 lovely grandchildren 8 girls and 4 boys and 1 special great grand daughter. Lloyd has been self employed for the past 40 years in the fishing industry, class 1 semi-truck driver, carpenter contractor, swimming pool installer, former band councilor for 10 years (1997-2007). I hold many coaching certificates very active and also love to compete in all sporting events.


Ralph Sutherland

I was born and raised on Peguis First Nation, Manitoba, Canada, of Ojibwe Anishinabe descent.  After graduating from grade 12, Joined the Royal Canadian Mounted Police on February 13th, 1979, enjoying a rewarding 27-year policing career.  Ran publicly for a position as one of five TLE Community Fund Trustees and was successful and was elected in 2010.

Married to Janice, his spouse for the past 30 years, and has been blessed with three daughters, and one grand-daughter.

Ralph is now semi-retired, the owner of “Sutherland Security Incorporated”, in 2006, a licensed, registered and bonded Private Investigation and Security Guard Company which offers a wide variety of Security Services.  A designated and approved Trainer by the Province of Manitoba Department of Justice able to provide Province wide recognized Security Guard Training to individuals.

Involved in community service volunteer groups such as the Peguis Chamber of Commerce, Peguis Ojibwe Club, Peguis Canoe Club, and dedicated to making Peguis a better place to live, and working at grass roots level to improve the economy of Peguis.