FNSA Board of Directors, 2019-2020

Executive

Colleen Austin, President, ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School, Tsimshian/Haida/Haisla/Nisga’a Region P: 250-615-2844 email

Edith Loring-Kuhanga, Vice-President, Stein Valley Nlakapamux School, Secwepemc/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux Region P: 250-455-2522 email

Len Merriman, Treasurer, Penelakut Island Elementary School, Nuu-chah-nulth/Coast Salish Region P: 250-246-4041 email

Verna Stager, Secretary, Xit’olacw Community Band School, Secwepemc/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux Region P: 604-894-6131 email

Directors

Christine Jang, Kyah Wiget Adult Centre, Gitskan/Wet’suwet’en Region P: 250-847-2244 email

Clayton Grice, Tl’etinqox School, Tsilhqot’in/Carrier/Sekani Region P: 250-394-4293 email

Patsy Greyeyes, Blueberry River First Nations School, Kaska/Dene/Tahltan/Tagish/Inland Tlingit/Tsek’ene Region P: 250-630-2307 email

Rob Cahill, K’ak’ot’latsi School, Kwakwaka’wakw/Heiltsuk/Nuxalk/Oweekeno Region P: 250-949-9666 email

Roxanne Harris, Qwam Qwum Stuwixwulh Community School, Nuu-chah-nuulth/Coast Salish Region P: 250-754-3033 email

Steve Bentley, Outma Sqilx’w Cultural School, Kootenay/Okanagan Region  P: 250-493-2421 email

‘Wii Goot Colleen Austin, FNSA President

‘Wii Goot Colleen Austin, FNSA President, has been an adult educator since 2005 and the Principal and a Sm’algyax language teacher at ‘Na Aksa Gyilak’yoo School in Kitsumkalum, BC, since 2014.  Although her ancestral territory is St’at’imc (Lillooet Nation), Colleen was adopted by the Tsimshian Nation as a member of Waaps Niishaywaas Gitselasu and was bestowed the name Biiłts’ik, a house symbol meaning red sunset – “tomorrow will be a nice day.”

Read Colleen’s full biography