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2020 Breakout 1


Social Innovation Strategic Partnership to Support Inherent Right for Self-Governance

In a world where Recognition for Indigenous Rights and Title is at the forefront for Truth and Reconciliation this session will share some insight into a collaborative research project between Carleton University, University of Waterloo, University of Victoria, Centre for Indigenous Governance, IPAC and First Nations from across Canada whom are interested to assist with getting out from under the Indian Act and moving into realizing self-governance under Section 35 of the Canadian Constitution. We have been able to establish an interesting and meaningful partnership with a group of social innovation thinkers (Ethelo, Mars Labs, Dark Matter) who have shared multi-media engagement tools and expertise to assist Lil’wat Nation in its “Collective Memory” work to raise awareness, understanding to help organize building consensus for change among the Lil’wat7ul. (People of Lil’wat) We like to share our story on how this is helping us achieve our Vision.

Thursday 14th May 2020
9.45am - 10.45am 



Is from N’quatqua of the Stat’imc, been married going on 29 years and has three children.

In 2016, I took on my current position of Chief Operations Officer for Lil’wat Nation. I am responsible for the overall organization and administrative work of the Nation, and I am deeply involved in developing governance planning and infrastructure as Lil’wat moves towards self-governance. I oversee the management and administration of the finances (annual budget of $30 million), work closely with all directors and staff (over 220 employees) more broadly, and I am focused on building capacity for the systems, structures, and decision-making processes that will facilitate Lil’wat’s goal of self-governance.

My background is in public administration and am an alumnus of University of Victoria. I have been working in administering aboriginal governance in senior positions for the past 28 years. I have served on various boards over the years for tribal policing, employment and training, health and currently sit on the BC First Nation Health Council.

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