"My passion is Nisga'a language and culture, and I believe if more youth were engaged in our culture--and if they leave Nisga'a lands for education or employment outside our lands--that they would want to return home to begin their careers, enriching their own lives and those of the Nisga'a people."
Meet Our 2018 - 2019 Alumni
This is a selection of our 2018-2019 graduating class. We are proud of them and excited to see what they do in the future. Click through to learn more about their backgrounds and what issues they are working on.
"Two issues that I would like to contribute towards solving are finding healthy options and housing for the homeless, which often means finding employment opportunities for them; and empowering our Nisga'a citizens to be self-sustaining and to create economic opportunities for themselves."
"The question we need to ask in tackling our projects is how to create sustainable economic growth - growth that won't succumb to a boom-bust cycle. Or, if the jobs created are in a sector that have a life cycle tied to an industry, how can we responsibility plan for that life cycle so that we don't end up with underutilized infrastructure and unemployment at the end of the industry cycle?"
"I believe the most powerful question I need to ask right now is how can we use culturally appropriate and decolonizing methods to successfully incorporate social/community development elements and ideas into community economic development and business development projects that increase benefit to the community and achieve the stated goals of the community while striving towards financial viability?"
"I have always believed that anyone can be successful if you put your mind to it and I feel the same could be said of the whole community, especially if they know what the future holds and they see their dreams come alive and everyone is working together to build a strong economy."
"I would love to bring more of our first nations members back home. Many of the community members have moved away for school and work. I would love create more opportunities for them in the Comox Valley by creating economic development opportunities through join venture partnerships and new businesses that will produce more training dollars and jobs."
"I think that if I can assist the people on the ground to develop and agree on a vision with a goal, we can work backward and build a plan to take action, offer opportunities for entrepreneurs and develop a Haida Gwaii product that will attract a diverse range of visitors."
"I envision a network where we share ideas and best practices, we apply them, then we share the leanings for the evolution and re-application for more and more success! We support each other as we support our communities in ever-increasing success. I see individuals supported by their communities to survuve and thrive, thusly increasing the social and economic success of those very communities."