Comprehensive Community Planner

Stacy Byerlay, Comprehensive Community Planner

Ahneen, Boozhoo Greetings!

My name is Stacy Byerlay, I have recently taken the position of Comprehensive Community Planner (CCP) with the Matachewan First Nation, I am extremely excited to be on this journey with each and every one of you and look forward to this new joint venture.

I little about myself, I am married to Bryan Byerlay, we are a blended family and together we have 10 children and 9 grandchildren. I am a member of the Ho-Chunk Nation of Black River Falls, Wisconsin. My husband Bryan’s family originally from Matachewan and eventually moved to Kenabeek. We made the decision to move from Wisconsin to Ontario in December of 2013 with our two children Lanie and Jack and are living our dream of being self-sustaining: raising Beef, Pork, Chicken, Turkey, and our vegetable garden on our 160-acre farm.

Let’s jump right in.

Comprehensive Community Planning

What is this? And how does this involve us? This Comprehensive Community Plan (will be referred to as CCP) will be a living document that will be created by the members of the Matachewan First Nation. The information needed will give all members the opportunity to take part and be heard.

Phase 1: Where have we been? We need to understand the community’s past, leading up to where it is today. What are the strengths? What are the Historical Community Achievements and the leadership from the past?

Phase 2: Where are we now? What is the perception of the community by on and off reserve Band members? What are the concerns? What are we proud of? What are we already doing well? This is the section that we will
spend the most time in. Suggestions- to get you thinking.

  • Community Garden?
  • Are the members adequately informed?
  • Cultural Summer program with elders/youth,
  • Education Focus?
  • Housing
    • Are there enough houses
    • Are their members who want to live here but cannot

This list is endless with many possibilities, these are examples to get the thoughts flowing.

Keep in mind to always think of the road mapping to get to where you want to see the community and how to
get there.

Phase 3: Where do we want to go?

Phase 4: How will we get there?

Phase 5: Have we arrived?


Email: [email protected]
Cell: (705) 570-1244