Mission Statement

NATOA is a charity organization, and is committed to providing Indigenous Peoples of Canada with the resources and information that will help them efficiently create, manage, and operate trusts as a means to ensure the seven generations yet unborn, can benefit from the goals and dreams of the present generation. NATOA’s goal is to be a highly professional and relevant resource for Indigenous Peoples in becoming self-sustaining and vital economic communities.

Our Mandate

The Board of Directors of NATOA are committed to ensuring that the best possible information on areas relevant to trusts, such as investing, trust structures; accounting, tax, management, administration and legal issues is available through an internet-based research library website and national/regional workshops.


NATOA’s commitment to strengthening Indigenous communities and their ability to meet their own member needs and desires through financial opportunities utilizing trust funds and investing principles that are consistent with Indigenous cultural traditions and values generally and those of individual communities specifically.  Advancing the goals and opportunities of Indigenous women and youth is vital to the capacity and future success of our trusts and communities.

Our Goals


Provide opportunities for development of Indigenous trust officers and managers.


Develop an educational program for Indigenous trust officers, NATOA members and others including women and youth through workshops.

Advocacy and Engagement

Engage in advocacy on issues impacting the management and operation of Indigenous trusts.

Our Team

Michele Young-Crook
President and CEO
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Viktoriya Zadorozhna
Director of Finance
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Stephanie Koenig
Director of Events
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Sarah Pineda
Communications Strategist
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Meet our Board Members