Office for Aboriginal Peoples
AQ 3140 - 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778-782-9026
Fax: 778-782-8926


Ronald Johnston, Interim Director
778.782.8924 |


Gary George, Officer for Community Relations
778.782.8925 |

Gary George hails from the Bulkley Valley around the Telkwa/Smithers/Houston/Burns Lake region in North-central British Columbia.  Gary is also from the Wit'suwit'en First Nation.  Many names in the Bulkley Valley reflect the Wit'suwit'en Culture including names like Telkwa and Suskwa.  Gary holds a BA degree from University of Northern BC (U.N.B.C.) in Prince George, Professional Development Program Certificate (PDP), and Master's in Education (MEd) from Simon Fraser University.  Before returning to school, he worked as the Wit'suwit'en fisheries manager and grew-up watching the Delgamuukw court case wind it's way through court. Gary believes that he grew-up in one of the nicest places in the world and often tells people in the Lower Mainland that, "if you haven't seen Northern BC, you haven't seen BC."

Karen Matthews, Administrative Assistant
778.782.9026 |

Karen Matthews is currently the administrative assistant for the Office for Aboriginal Peoples.  She has a Certificate in Marketing from B.C.I.T. and an Associate of Arts Degree from Trinity Western and presently is working on her Bachelor of Arts with a major in First Nations Studies at Simon Fraser University.