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.
Sue Hanley, Secretary
Sue Hanley has advocated for technology funding to support First Nations languages for much of her career. In 2003, Ms. Hanley became the coordinator of the newly created First Nations Technology Council (FNTC), where she remained until 2012. While at the FNTC she worked to build partnerships and to increase funding for connectivity, for technical capacity building and to support data and information management. Ms. Hanley developed a proposal that brought over $4 million to B.C. for First Nations technology training. She co-organized the Information and Communications Technology Summit, an annual conference to raise the awareness of the importance of technology to support the development of First Nations communities.
Ms. Hanley has a B.A. in History from the University of Calgary and a Masters of Library Science from the University of Toronto.
Laanas Tamara Davidson, is from the Yaghulaanas Raven Clan of the Haida Nation in Old Masset. She currently works at Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada as the Program Manager, Additions to Reserve. She started in the federal public service over 19 years ago and has worked in policy development for much of her career. She was also 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.
Ms. Davidson is a member of the board of directors on the Haida Enterprise Corporation, the Haida Nation’s economic development corporation. She previously served on the First Peoples’ Cultural Council board of directors.
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.
Tracey Herbert, B.F.A.
Tracey Herbert is a member of the St’uxwtews First Nation (Bonaparte Band) of the Secwepemc Tribe in the interior of British Columbia. She has dedicated her 27-year career to public service with First Nations communities and is a strong believer in recognizing and promoting Indigenous peoples as the experts in their own cultures.
Ms. Herbert is the Chief Executive Officer of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council (FPCC). Ms. Herbert has guided the FPCC partnerships with the Vancouver Opera, the Knowledge Network, the New Relationship Trust, the Margaret A. Cargill Foundation, Google.org and the Royal British Columbia Museum. She is currently the Chair of the Governance Council for the Endangered Languages Project launched in partnership with Google.org in 2012.
Mandy Na’zinek Jimmie,B.Ed., MA, Vice Chair
Ms. Jimmie obtained her Masters Degree (Linguistics), from the University of B.C. in 1994 and is a language instructor at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. In this role she has successfully implemented the Developmental Standard Term Certificate program in partnership with Thompson Rivers University. Ms. Jimmie has worked with at least six linguistic groups to develop over 20 different language courses. She also acts as a language advisor to the Nicola Tribal Association and the Shackan Indian Band and is a member of the local school district’s Aboriginal Advisory Council, advocating for young language learners from kindergarten to the post-secondary level.
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.