I am a member of the Heiltsuk First Nation, whose traditional territory is deep in the heart of the Great Bear Rainforest in British Columbia, Canada. I live in beautiful intimacy with the places and spaces that have been inhabited and stewarded by my ancestors since time before memory. We are nothing but stories, and the coast is a story-rich place. My life is rich for being a coastal life. My life is richer, too, for the opportunity to share stories with others.
I work as the Communications Director for Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, a Heiltsuk charitable non-profit focused on building capacity for increased cultural and natural stewardship on the coast. I also serve as an elected leader on Heiltsuk Tribal Council with portfolios focused on stewardship and governance. I participate in community organizing around issues like sovereignty, self-determination, and decolonization; trophy hunting and energy development; and access to literacy, health, and social justice.
My employers and associates should not be held accountable for the opinions and ideas expressed in this journal. My words and opinions here are totally personal. And as my supervisors will confirm if you ask, I am often ungovernable.