FNSA Board of Directors, 2017 / 2018

Executive

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

Brian Matthew,  FNSA Vice-President, Neqweyqwelsten School, Secwepemc/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux Region P: 250 672-9995 email

Janice Antoine, FNSA Secretary, Coldwater Band School, Secwepemc/St’at’imc/Nlaka’pamux Region P: 250 378-9261 email

Len Merriman, FNSA Treasurer, Eugene Joseph School, Tsihlqot’in/ Carrier/Sekani Region P: 250 648-3231 email

Directors

Andreas Rohrbach, Aatse Davie School, Kaska/Dene/Tahltan/Tagish/Inland Tlingit Region P: 250 471-2002 email

Bernice Touchie, Ittatsoo Learning Centre, Nuu-chah-nulth/Coast Salish Region P: 250 726-7342 email

Francine Johnny, Yu Thuy Thut, Nuu-chah-nuulth/Coast Salish Region P: 250 746-7170 email

Kirsten Barnes, First Nations High School, Gitskan/Wet’suwet’en Region email

Michael Kanhai, Tl’isalagi’lakw Band School, Kwakwaka’wakw/Heiltsuk/Nuxalk/Oweekeno Region P: 250 974-5591 email

Steve Bentley, Sn-c’c a-mala?-tn, Kootenay/Okanagan Region P: 250 260-3616 email

Biiłts’ik Colleen Austin, FNSA President

In April 2017, the FNSA welcomed in a new president, Biiłts’ik Colleen Austin.

Colleen 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

See the FNSA Fact Sheet 2017