Office for Aboriginal Peoples
AQ 3140 - 8888 University Drive
Burnaby, BC V5A 1S6
Tel: 778-782-8925
Fax: 778-782-8926


William G. Lindsay, Director
Tel 778.782.8924 |

William G. Lindsay is of Cree-Stoney heritage. Although his ancestors are from the Great Plains of Canada, he has grown up in British Columbia for most of his life in both rural and urban First Nations communities. William has attained Bachelor of Education and Master of Arts degrees from the University of British Columbia. His B.Ed. was completed in the Native Indian Teacher Education Program and his master’s thesis in History studied “A History of the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre in an Age of Aboriginal Migration and Urbanization.”  William is currently a doctoral candidate in the Faculty of Education at Simon Fraser University researching the Indigenization of universities. William has worked for many years as an Indigenous teacher, professor, student services provider, and senior administrator, at numerous Lower Mainland colleges and universities, including the Native Education College, the Institute for Indigenous Government (now the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Burnaby campus), Douglas College, the University of British Columbia, and Simon Fraser University. William currently serves as the Director of the Office for Aboriginal Peoples at SFU, working out of the Office of the Vice President, Academic. He is also a published writer, with a TESOL textbook, a plethora of newspaper essays, and numerous academic papers and book reviews to his credit. William has also been the editor of two university newsletter/magazines and is the current publisher of the SFU News, Aboriginal Edition. William also has much experience dealing with local, provincial, and national media concerning Aboriginal issues. 

Curriculum Vitae: PDF

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.