The First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation is a transparent and accountable organization. Annual audited statements are available to the public. The current Board of Directors was elected at the Annual General Meeting, with the mandate to establish a skills-based board and create a sustainable fundraising strategy.
Board of Directors
STOLȻEȽ, John Elliott, Chair
His dedication to the revitalization of First Nations languages began over 30 years ago, inspired by the efforts of his father, David Elliott, to preserve the SENĆOŦEN language.
In 1999, Mr. Elliott co-founded FirstVoices, a suite of web-based tools that supports language archiving and learning, and which is now used worldwide. Mr. Elliott teaches evening classes at Camosun College and is the Chairman of the Saanich Native Heritage Society. He serves on the Advisory Committee of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC) and previously served for six years as a director on the FPCC board. In 2009, he received an honorary PhD from Maharishi University of Management in Iowa for his work in language revitalization.
Gordon Larin, Treasurer
Gordon Larin brings more than 20 years of financial experience to his role as Treasurer of the First Peoples’ Cultural Foundation. He is currently Regional Vice President for the Aboriginal Services Group, RBC Wealth Management, Estate and Trust Services in Victoria, B.C.
As a Senior Trust Officer, Mr. Larin has the credentials of (STI) Specialist, Trust Institute and has achieved Honours with the Canadian Securities Course from the Canadian Securities Institute. He is an active Executive Board Member of the Estate Planning Council of Victoria, which fosters the sharing of knowledge between the various professions of law, accounting, insurance, financial planning, investment management, trust services and planned giving.
John Haugen is member of Nlaka’pamux Nation in Lytton, B.C. He has committed much of his life to the revitalization of First Nations languages, arts and cultures. He is currently employed as a Restorative Justice Coordinator for the Tribal Council and is also a director on the board of the Fraser Basin Council and Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux Heritage Park. Mr. Haugen served on the board of directors of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council from 2006 to 2012 and is a past a board member on the First Nations Alliance 4 Lands. John was recently elected to the Anglican Council of Indigenous Peoples and is a member of the Aboriginal Languages sub-committee and the Lytton First Nation Council.
Mr. Haugen also has a strong interest the historical buildings in his community of Lytton.
Gary Johnston is a member of the Squamish Nation and lives on the traditional territory in Eslhá7an Village in North Vancouver. He has dedicated much of his career to the promotion and preservation of First Nations language and culture. Over the past 25 years, Mr. Johnston has worked in colleges and universities in a variety of capacities including, instructor, marketing manager and cultural coordinator. He recently completed his term as Vice Chair of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council board of directors. Mr. Johnston has an MA (Leadership) from Royal Roads University and a BA (Tourism Management) from Capilano University. He is currently working under contract with several agencies.
Dr. Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is Líl̓’watul from Mount Currie. Dr. Williams is an educator with many years of experience in Aboriginal education and Indigenous language revitalization. She recently completed a six-year term as Chair of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council.
Throughout her career Dr. Williams has held a number of senior positions, notably as the Director of Aboriginal Education and as Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education and Department of Linguistics, both at the University of Victoria. In addition, she has been Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Knowledge and Learning, director of the Aboriginal Enhancements Branch in the British Columbia Ministry of Education, and a Canadian Council on Learning Minerva Lecturer. Dr. Williams was inducted into the Order of British Columbia in 1992 for her work in education.