Lauren Kelly | Director of Skills Development

As the Director of Skills Development, Lauren is tasked with planning, implementing and managing all aspects of the Technology Council’s skills development and capacity building programs. Lauren brings her years of experience at the Council to the launch of our cornerstone training program Foundations and Futures in Innovation and Technology. In the coming year, she will be connecting with communities, Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Strategy​ (ISETS) holders, government agencies and partners across the province to further develop and strengthen the Indigenous technology ecosystem by ensuring the successful delivery of training to over 1000 participants by 2021.

Lauren received a Master’s degree in Indigenous Governance from the University of Victoria, where her studies focused on the role of a settler ally in the Indigenous rights movement. Through this program, she completed a Community Governance Project with Cheam First Nation focusing on imposed, abstract political identities and traditional governance revitalization. Outside of her work at the Council, Lauren continues to engage in critical discourse on ongoing settler colonialism and Canadian’s responsibility in reconciliation.

Lauren is honoured to be a part of the First Nations Technology Council as an aspiring ally and to participate in the Technology Council’s work to support Indigenous self-determination through digital technology solutions.