Meet with Indigenous Storytellers

Listen to our panel from various walks of life introduce themselves and discuss their backgrounds, their education, the obstacles they have overcome, and their career path. These Indigenous representatives are from a variety of organizations, industries and Nations here to tell their stories and answer your questions. The panelists have been chosen from nominations provided by SFU students, alumni and staff.


Stelómethet Ethel B Gardner

Stó:lō, and a member of the Skwah First Nation in B.C., with a PhD from Simon Fraser University, an Ed.M. from Harvard, a M.Ed from the University of British Columbia (UBC)’s Tsk’‘kel Program, and a B.Ed. from UBC’s Native Indian Teacher Education Program (NITEP). Her career in the field of Education spans over 30 years, and includes a passion for Aboriginal language revitalization. She has worked with Indigenous language communities across Canada, most significantly with Halq’eméylem, Anishinaabemowin and Nehiyawewin. Stelómethet (Ethel) has supported Indigenous students in post-secondary education at both undergraduate and graduate levels, and welcomes the opportunity to meet with students to share our respective cultural, scholarly and/or life experiences.  




An independent consultant specializing in process design, facilitation, research, personal, community, and organizational development. Over the years she has served as a board member for various organizations and societies currently she is a board member of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. She is one of the founding partners and designers of the BC Multi-Sectoral Leadership Initiative ( Michelle holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management, Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management, and B.A. in First Nations Studies. Dr. Corfield has proven herself to be an innovative facilitator, mediator, and process designer. Michelle has spent many years working towards developing ways to move First Nations people and communities forward using a balanced, holistic approach.


Executive Director of the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC). Deborah has a Master’s Degree in Education as well as a law degree and she has worked for three decades to advance quality First Nations education locally, provincially and nationally. In past years, Deborah has served as president of the Tsimshian Tribal Council, Co-Chair of the National Working Group on First Nations, and Co-Chair of the BC Teachers’ Federation Task Force on Aboriginal Education.



An SFU graduate with a major in economics and a minor in psychology Barry has been a private consultant since 2006 working with BC Hydro in project management as well as working with the First Nations Financial Management Board working toward Aboriginal equity. Barry is also an advisor to the Carrier Sekani Tribal Council on a host of land and resource matters. Prior to his consultant firm Barry ran a private business as a logging contractor and timber broker.



Member of the Squamish Nation and holds a Bachelor of Professional Communication from Royal Roads University. She also graduated with an honours diploma from BCIT in Media Production and Marketing Communications. She is currently in her first year of the Double Degree MA in Global Communications at Simon Fraser University. Michelle is a communications manager, consultant and graphic designer. She works with First Nations–focused clients to communicate their vision, create awareness and change minds through a suite of creative services including writing, illustration, photography, and publication design.


Completed a Master of Education at SFU in Curriculum and Instruction Development. Betsy works tirelessly providing Employment and Educational Equity Resources for understanding the principles of equity, understanding Human Rights concepts, creating an inclusive and safe working and learning environment, developing effective strategies for addressing racism and discrimination and understanding Indian Residential School Survivor/Warriors & their issues. She has provided crisis counselling, educational and employment counselling, initiated educational policies at BC Teachers Federation AGM, developed Post-Secondary equity policy changes, facilitated educational panel on truth in education, facilitated educational forum for racialized communities and developed Indian Residential School community educational workshops.


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Date: February 26, 2015

Time: 4:45 PM

Location: Halpern Centre, Burnaby Campus

Event Coordinator:

Laura Forsythe 

Career Services Advisor:

Jo-Anne Nadort
p. 778-782-8629

Sponsored by:
First Nations Students Association, Office for Aboriginal Peoples, Indigenous Student Centre, and SFU Career Services