Wai, I am a member of the Okanagan Band within the Syilx Nation, which is comprised of seven member communities in the Southern Interior of British Columbia. The Okanagan Indian Band is located at the head of Okanagan Lake, and is made up of six reserves and spread from Armstrong to Winfield and Westside of Okanagan Lake. I reside in a Six-mile area with my Husband Richard, we have three children and three grandchildren.
I have spent much of my career working within Administration, within the Okanagan Nation, Secwepemc, and Stoney Nakoda Nation in Calgary, Alberta. I am excited to be appointed as a Regional Coordinator for the Northeast Region of British Columbia, and I look forward to this new experience. Limlemt
My Gitxsan name is Ganaa’wim Gaak’ which means Frog Raven. I am from the Gitxsan Nation, reside in Gitanmaax and a member of the Lax Seel (Frog) Clan, and from Wilps Gyad’m Galdo’o. I was raised by Gitxsan hereditary leadership being the second daughter of three to Simoo’git Gutgwinuxs (Mel Woods) and Luu storm wilp Ayawasw (Audrey Woods).
I have an Information & Communication Technology Certificate from NWCC (2015) and a Web Technologies Associate Certificate from BCIT (2017). I have worked for various community agencies before working for Gitxsan Development Corporation where I am currently the Office Manager for the Hazelton Office. Education has always been important to me. We were always taught to get an education and work hard while keeping our cultural values and beliefs. I jumped at the opportunity to join the First Nations Technology Council as a Regional Coordinator because I believe in bringing in-community training and educational opportunities to the rural communities. Technology-based training is what I’ve always had a passion for and believe we need more Indigenous representation in all things.
Lisa is from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Cree and Metis Nations. She has had the opportunity to work for indigenous communities and organizations throughout B.C. She has invested 20+ years of work and volunteer experience supporting indigenous communities with initiative advancements. Her dedication to community development and engagement has created positive change and impacts in Indigenous communities and organizations.
Miranda is a proud descendent of the Louie/Stump Family, a Dakelh from Nadleh Whut’en Band as well as Tsilhqot’in from Anaham Band. She has worked for both of her Nations on the front line helping her First Nations people in the area of Children and Families and Health. Miranda has worked for the past 19 years helping families and communities through workshops as well as organizing health planning meetings. She spent 7 years working in the Community Engagement field for the First Nations Health Authority (FNHA) facilitating Community Health Engagement. She worked strictly with 6 First Nations communities in the Carrier Sekani region, on a daily basis, and as part of a team for the whole northern region during regional caucuses where she was able to meet many community leaders, health directors and community members. In her time while working with the FNHA she was able to create positive relationships with the staff and created life-long friendships. Miranda believes that working with the FNHA helped create who she is as an Indigenous woman today, through her work with communities and other FNHA partners such as the Northern Health Authority where she sat on three separate tables, including the Aboriginal Health Improvement Committee (AHIC) that supported the Northern Health Authority’s relationship with First Nations People. She worked with the Ominica, Prince George and Quesnel AHIC’s during her tenure with FNHA. Through all the work that Miranda has done with First Nations she has never lost sight of the work that still needs to be done, “we as First Nations have had a lot of struggles in our past and we never stopped fighting for our inherent rights…some of us were lucky to not lose our cultural teachings.” Miranda is blessed in that she comes from a strong family filled with cultural knowledge of their Dakelh culture and their Bahlats system, and she continues to teach her children and other First Nations people who wish to learn their culture.
My name is Molly Brewer and I am of the Syilx people and a member of the Okanagan Indian Band. I am a proud parent of two adult children and a grandparent to an amazing grandson. I have graduated with a BSW from the University of Victoria and am currently completing my Masters of Arts in Leadership (MAL) through RRU. I have vast experience in leading, developing, implementing, and supervising Indigenous community services over the past 20 years. During this time, I had the pleasure of assisting Indigenous community members in reaching their protentional through education or training. I strongly believe in paying it forward, as it was our ancestors who made it possible to be where I am at today. For fun, I enjoy a good walk on the golf course and have recently taken up the art of clogging.
My name is Norma-Jean Stump, and I am First Nations from the Tsilhqot’in Nation. I currently live in my community of Esdilagh. I have over 20 years of experience working in the Justice system. My passion is advocating and working with First Nations and dealing with Government systems. I am open to learning and experiencing new things.
River Ritcey has 10+ years of working in community and personal support roles and is passionate about connecting people with whatever they may need. River has studied Political Science at Thompson River’s University, Aboriginal Health and Community Administration at University of BC, and Event Management at Vancouver Island University.
River is from the Métis Nation on her mother’s side and is Swedish and German on her father’s side. She was born and raised in the interior of BC in Clearwater, and currently lives on the traditional and unceded territories of the Squamish, Musqueam, and Tsleil-Waututh Nations. She adores being alone in nature and spends a great deal of her time camping, hiking, cycling, and watching bugs.
Hello my Name is Roza and I am from the Sto:lo Nation territory. I am a wife and mother to two amazing kids who are now young adults. I have always worked for our people and enjoy working in my hometown. I have a Social Services background with a First Nations Certificate. Presently I am working as a Social Development Worker for one of our local communities.