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 2010/11 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
John is an influential member of the Tsartlip First Nation in Saanich on Vancouver Island. His dedication to the revitalization of First Nations languages was inspired by the earlier work of his father, David Elliott, to preserve the SENĆOŦEN language. John has been a teacher at the ȽÁU, WELṈEW̱ Tribal School for the past 38 years. He also teaches evening language and culture course through the University of Victoria and Camosun College. He is currently Chairman of the Saanich Native Heritage Society and Co-Chair of the First Nations Steering Committee Subcommittee on Aboriginal Languages. He held the position of Official Observer on the First Peoples’ Cultural Council board for six years. In 1999 he co-founded FirstVoices, a web-based Aboriginal language archive. In 2009 Mr. Elliott received an honorary PhD in from Maharishi University of Management in Iowa.
Mandy Na’zinek Jimmie,B.Ed., MA, Vice Chair
Mandy is a member of Nłeʔkepmxcín First Nation in the Nicola Valley, near Merritt. She is a Language Champion and has been dedicated to language revitalization for over 26 years. She obtained her Masters (Linguistics), from the University of B.C. in 1994 and is the Language Coordinator at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT). In this role she has successfully implemented the Developmental Standard Term Certificate program in partnership with Thompson Rivers University. She has worked with nine linguistic groups to develop 20 different language courses. Ms. Jimmie also acts as a language advisor to the Nicola Tribal Association and is a member of the local school district’s First Nations Education Council, advocating for young language learners, from kindergarten to the post-secondary level.
Herbert Morven, Secretary
Herbert is a member of the Nisga’a Nation of the Nass Valley. As a highly respected Elder and fluent speaker of
the Nisga’a language, he is relied upon for his wisdom and traditional knowledge in his role as a cultural expert in his community. He has served as a Chairperson for the Nisga’a Lisims Government and as a Deputy Chief Councillor for his Nation, where he participated in negotiations at provincial and federal levels. He also served on the Board of School Trustees for School District 92 Nisga’a. His earlier career was in forestry, but more recently he has been employed by Nisga’a Elementary-Secondary School as Elder in Residence, refining Nisga’a terminology and ensuring a deep-rooted understanding of the language. Mr. Morven served on the First Peoples’ Cultural Council Board of Directors from 2006 to 2012.
Gordon Larin, Treasurer
Gordon Larin brings more than 20 years of financial services experience to his role as a Regional Vice President for the Aboriginal Services Group in Victoria, BC. Today’s increasingly complex financial marketplace calls for industry professionals to competently respond to the highly specialized and complex demands of Trust administration. Gordon provides a specialist’s approach to protecting, investing, and distributing Trust assets, while working with several Aboriginal Communities and RBC partners throughout British Columbia. Gordon’s extensive career has been focused almost entirely on navigating clients through many diverse aspects of Estate and Trust administration, which has equipped Gordon with the relationship building skills essential to his current position. Clients appreciate his sensitivity to the often complex responsibilities that can go hand in hand with the role of Trustee. As a Senior Trust Officer, Gordon Larin has the credentials of (STI) Specialist, Trust Institute and has achieved Honours with the Canadian Securities Course from the Canadian Securities Institute. Gordon 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. In his spare time, Gordon actively contributes to community. He is an active individual, who enjoys the many rewarding experiences of giving and helping others.
Tracey Herbert, B.F.A.
Tracey is a member of St’uxwtews First Nation, Bonaparte Band, in Cache Creek. Tracey has 24 years’ experience in the administration of First Nations community programs in British Columbia. Since 2003, she has been the Executive Director of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council, a Crown agency with the mandate to revitalize First Nations language, arts and cultures in B.C. Tracey has also been a consultant on CIDA (Canadian International Development Agency) projects in Africa and China. Her previous work was as a Strategic Planner at Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, and a Community Health Officer at the First Nations and Inuit Health Branch. Ms. Herbert has also served as Band Councillor for the Bonaparte Band.
Tamara Davidson is a member of the Haida Nation from Haida Gwaii and currently works at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. She started her career in the federal public service over 15 years ago and has worked in various positions. She was the former co-chair of the Haida Gwaii/Queen Charlotte Islands Land Use Planning process on behalf of the Council of the Haida Nation and led the introduction of the “Haida Land Use Vision,” a guide for the planning process. She is a participant in the Aboriginal Leadership Development Program. Tamara is grateful to have strong cultural ties to her community. She is happily married to Allan and has two children: her daughter, Samantha and her step-son, Allan Jr.