Jeska Slater

DIRECTOR, INDIGENOUS PRIORITIES, VANCOUVER FOUNDATION

Jeska Slater is a Nehiyaw iskwew (Cree woman) from Fisher River Cree Nation, part of Treaty 5 in Manitoba. She has been working in and for both urban and land-based Indigenous communities for over ten years. Most recently, Jeska was the Co-Lead for Skookum Lab in Surrey BC, which is one of the first Indigenous-led social innovation labs on Turtle Island (North America). Jeska has developed an engagement practice based on reciprocity, accountability, transparency, and systems thinking. Jeska is passionate about how Indigenous leadership theory, protocols and worldviews can enhance and foster healthy organizational cultures. Her education includes undergrad studies in Leadership and Project Management, and she is currently pursuing an MBA in Indigenous Business Leadership at SFU’s Beedie School of Business. Jeska is a single mother to a 6-year-old boy named Johann Waseskwan. Her work aims to model Indigenous ways of knowing, learning and being for the next generations.