Yellow Quill First Nation Chief and Council


Chief John Machiskinic

John has been known for many years as ‘Bull’. There is much speculation as to how he got the name Bull but, no one wants to say for sure. Bull played fastball for many years as a pitcher on the Nut Lake Royals team. He also was the goalie for the Yellow Quill hockey teams. These days he spends his time helping others as a traditional man. He is humble, spiritual and knowledgeable. Prior to being Chief, he was a Councilor for 9 years (three terms) and could be consistently found at the Band Office.


Joe Crowe

Joe Crowe has five children and many grandchildren. For some time Joe raised his children as a single father. Now, he is married to Irene. Joe has been sober for 37 years and will celebrate his 38th year in May. He is a residential school survivor. Joe spent many years in Saskatoon. One of his many and various jobs was working for the City of Saskatoon, Parks and Maintenance. He did this for the City for over 20 years. In Later years, he moved closer to Yellow Quill and has been working in different capacities but always helping. He serves the community as an active traditional Elder, sat on various committees, took on developing many projects and can be seen visiting everyone near core area buildings. Joe has also served as an Elder on the Project Management Team for the construction of the Dakota Dunes Casino. He also sat on the Board of Directors for the Dakota Dunes Community Development Corporation prior to running for Council. He has also been an Elder for SK Justice to help with culture and ceremony for incarcerated prisoners. His concerns include; protecting the traditional lands in the Porcupine-Pasquia hills forest, health and the holistic well-being of people. He is a highly respected Elder across the province.

Pauline Whitehead

Pauline has three children and two grandsons. Her oldest is Kris Whitehead, he is a single parent father to Kadence Desjarlais. Kris graduated from NEC in 2004. Paulines’ second child is Mathew Whitehead, he has no children and works as a renovation carpenter for the same company since 2008. Her youngest is is Raven Whitehead, she is a single parent mom to her son, Jericho. Raven is a freelance photographer. Pauline has been living a drug free and alcohol free lifestyle since 1998. She worked at the Metis Addiction Council of Saskatchewan since 2007 as an Addiction Worker. In 2008, she took time off from work when she was awarded a scholarship to Vancouver Film School and completed a one year full time Writing for Film and TV Diploma program. She wrote two feature length screenplays, one portfolio short that was produced into a five minute film that can be accessed on the Vancouver Film School channel. In 2010, she wrote, directed, and produced a play “Prairie Song, An Indian Cinderella Story” for Thunderbird Theatre Group. The group toured the Saskatoon Fringe Festival, Vancouver International Fringe Festival and Aboriginal Aids Conference. She studied a one year Business Administration Program at Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and received a Business Administration Certificate in spring 2013. Upon graduation, she was the Assistant Regional Director and was Acting Regional Director during that period for several months. Pauline went back to school to finish up her undergraduate degree program and was part of the Spring 2014 Convocation at the University of Saskatchewan with a Bachelor of Arts Degree. July 2014, she was the Manager for the Community Cultural Circle Program for YQ. Pauline works very hard for the community and enjoys challenges. She has respect for everyone and does not demand it in return. As a leader she can see the bigger picture and wants everyone to get up and be proudof their culture and traditions. Pauline brings happiness to the office with her laugh.


Myron Neapetung

Myron has six children; 4 boys and 2 girls. His education includes Indigenous Studies and Indian Art History; graduated in 2009 with distinction from First Nations University. In 2011, Myron got his Teaching A Certificate from ITEP. His mom is Bernadette Neapetung and his father is Gilbert Kewistep. He takes pride in being a YQ Councilor and representing the community with the utmost respect. He also takes pride in the advocacy work he does for the families and children. His hobbies include; enjoys being a hockey dad and watching his kids playing hockey, watching movies, being a UFC fan, and travelling when he can afford to. “I encourage the Band Members to work together and to be respectful and courteous with all our staff that works for the Band. If you have any concerns with any staff, in a certain area, notify the proper portfolio holder. The only way we will move forward is by working together and being kind to one another. We have to stay away from the negativity and lateral violence (gossip). Be positive and only good things will follow.”


Dean Severight

Agnes Whitehead

Bernard Kishayinew

Tyrone Peeace





Portfolio Assignments

Administration/Social Development
Band Office Administration & Staff, Programs and Services
Social Assistance
Police Management, RCMP, Fine Options and Community Based Justice and Gaming License

Nawigizigweyas Education Center (NEC)
Curriculum Development
Post Secondary
Cultural/Traditional Knowledge
Rural Labor Force Development
Daycare & Headstart Programs

Clinic Administration & Finance and Programs and Services
Medical Transportation
Addictions Services

Housing /Operations & Maintenance
Band & CMHC Housing and Reno’s
Community Infrastructure, Water, Sewer, Sanitation, Environment
Community Planning and Major Capital Projects
Roads and Fire Protection

Social Development
Urban Development, Programs and Services
LFD Urban, STC Urban
Aboriginal & Treaty Rights and Natural Resources

TLE/Yellow Quill Holdings
TLE Lands

Band Governance
Administration & Finance
Economic Development and YQ Store
Human Resource Department
STC, AFN, FSIN, Treaty 4 and TLE Chiefs