Friends United Advisory Board
Morley Googoo, former chief of his native community Waycobah, was elected Regional Chief for Nova Scotia and Newfoundland in 2012, and is lead chief of the Education portfolio for the First Nations Assembly. He views the “Friends United” initiative as a unique way for First Nations people to become cultural Ambassadors for Nova Scotia and Canada. As a proud advocate of First Nations artists he sees the Friends United Initiative as an important opportunity for Aboriginal artists to showcase their talent and culture to the world and to positively influence the lives of First Nations peoples.
Hon. Rodney MacDonald worked as a teacher in the First Nation community of Potlotek (Chapel Island) before entering politics and serving as Premier of Nova Scotia from 2006-2009. As Premier and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs he initiated yearly meetings between his Cabinet and Nova Scotia’s provincial chiefs. Mr. MacDonald, presently the CEO of the Gaelic College, is also well known for his musical talents and for his efforts to preserve the Gaelic language and culture. He is also a very important proponent of the “Friends United” initiative as he was able to witness first hand how much of a positive impact the initiative has had and continues to have on the life of many First Nations peoples.
Rolf Bouman, founder of the “Friends United” initiative, left his native Germany in 1986 and made Cape Breton his new home. A passionate advocate and supporter of First Nation’s culture and art, Rolf funds all activities through his Canadian Corporate Group. With over 25 years of international business experience, Rolf’s goal is to help First Nations artists become self-sufficient entrepreneurs who are embraced as cultural ambassadors for their communities and country.
The Friends United Advisory Board, in consultation with its artists, oversees and discusses all significant aspects of the “Friends United” initiative. All board members bring their passion for First Nations art and culture to the table and serve in an advisory capacity without remuneration.