Meet our new team member, Ian!
A Coast Salish citizen from Snuneymuxw First Nation, Ian specializes in Indigenous economic and business development. He has a passion for increasing social outcomes for First Nations in Canada by decreasing the income disparity that currently exists between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Through the development, adoption, and implementation of good governance structures business development plans, and associated management and administrative practices, Ian has been able to improve the socio-economic betterment of the clients he serves. Ian completed his commerce degree from Vancouver Island University with a focus on finance and is currently working towards his Master of Business Administration in Indigenous Business in Leadership from Simon Fraser University’s Beedie School of Business.
What does reconciliation mean to you?
To me – reconciliation means closing the socio-economic gaps that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. It is about healing our First Nations and bringing these Nations to a place of true sovereignty and self-determination. It is about moving our First Nations from a place of self-administration to true self-governance. It is about the creation of institutions that represent our values and interests – and the recognition of our title and rights in our lands.
Describe an initiative or project you’re proud of.
I recently had the tremendous honour of working on an independent environmental assessment for a proposed copper-gold mine within the Stk’emlupsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN) territory. On behalf of SSN, I developed an Indigenomics Assessment for the proposed mine, which blended contemporary economics with Secwepemc laws and governance, cultural perspectives, traditional knowledge, and traditional aboriginal economies.