Minister's Advisory Council on Indigenous Women (MACIW) Members

MACIW is comprised of up to 10 respected indigenous women from across British Columbia. It has a Chair, a Vice-Chair and eight members. One position is designated for an Elder Representative and another for a Youth Representative. 

Members are appointed by the Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation based on criteria of diversity, experience and regional representation.

Name

 

Position

Term

Chastity Davis

Tla’amin Nation

Chair

2012 – Present

Barbara Ward-Burkitt

Fort McKay First Nation

Vice-Chair

2014 – Present

Paulette Flamond

Métis

Member

2011 – Present

Dr. Lorna Williams

Lil’wat

Member, Elder Representative

2014 – Present

Sarah Robinson Fort Nelson First Nation & Saulteau First Nation  Member 2017 - Present 

Coreen Child

Kwakiutl First Nation

Member

2016 – Present

Karen Joseph

Kwakwaka’wakw

Member

2016 – Present

Linda Thomas

Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc

Member

2016 – Present

Raven Lacerte Carrier First Nation Member, Youth Representative 2017 - Present

Meet the Council Members

Chastity A. Davis (Chair)

Chastity Davis is a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. She is a proud member of the Tla’amin Nation, located in Powell River just off the beautiful Sunshine Coast of BC.  Chastity strives to keep her sacred First Nations culture, traditions, and values incorporated into her modern day life. She feels it is her life purpose to facilitate the building of bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people and has dedicated her professional and personal life to do so. 

Chastity is sole proprietor to her own consulting business, Chastity Davis Consulting and has been a successful entrepreneur for more than 6 years.  She is a board member at the Minerva Foundation and Chair of the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women.  Chastity co-founded the Professional Aboriginal Women’s Network and is currently serving as Co-Chair for this important network that creates a shared space for Indigenous and non-Indigenous women to support each other in their respective careers. 

Chastity will be completing her MA in International and Intercultural Communications in summer 2017, and has a BA in Professional Communications and a Diploma in Marketing Management and Professional Sales.  Chastity has spoken at several international, national, and local events on the importance of building bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.  She dedicates her work to her 2 nephews, niece, and 10 year-old brother, as they are the future generations.

Barbara M. Ward-Burkitt (Vice Chair)

Barbara Ward-Burkitt, Wahiyow Cawapata Scoo, is a member of the Fort McKay First Nation and is currently the Executive Director of the Prince George Native Friendship Centre. She has been actively connected in many capacities in the Friendship Centre movement since 1972. In the past she was a Faculty Staff Mentor in Field Programs for northern BC at Simon Fraser University and was a Child Care Worker with Indigenous students and with Special Needs students for the Quesnel School District. Active in her community, Ms. Ward-Burkitt has been the President of Prince George Nechako Aboriginal Employment and Training Association for many years, and also sits on many local, regional and provincial working groups and committees. She completed her Masters of Education degree from Simon Fraser University and her First Nations Design and Technology course from Emily Carr Institute of Art and Design. Ms. Ward-Burkitt also holds her Provincial Instructor’s Diploma from the Vancouver Community College, her Native Adult Instructor’s Diploma from the B.C. Ministry of Education, Skills and Training and is a certified True Colors facilitator. Ms. Ward-Burkitt and her husband have been proudly raising five of their grandchildren for the past 13 years. Ms. Ward-Burkitt was invested into the Order of British Columbia in 2010.

Paulette Lammond

Paulette Flamond

Paulette Flamond is a strong and proud Métis woman who grew up in Battleford, Saskatchewan before finding her way to the Peace River Region 25 years ago and settling in Charlie Lake, BC. Her home, on land just outside of Fort St. John, is her personal haven where she spends her limited spare time organic gardening and weaving her traditional cultural beliefs into a healthy and productive lifestyle.  Paulette has been a long-time advocate for entrepreneurial and capacity development for Indigenous people. She is the Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre for the past 17 years and has worked with clients to build skills and find solutions through challenging and diversified economic times and opportunities. This past year Paulette and her staff created the Indigenous Artists’ Market, a retail social enterprise to assist local artists in the Regio.

Paulette is passionate about business and owns Scoop Clothing, a specialty store that caters to women, and The Paint Place, a paint supply boutique. She co-owns PaintnParty, a local entertainment business with three other partners. With a strong sense of justice, Paulette has always been led by her empathy for people around her, and driven to support women and families by developing capacity, building relationships and connecting people. All the work Paulette has accomplished in her personal and professional capacity is ingrained with the theme of unity. For those who know her and trust in Paulette’s leadership, she is a strong personal and professional mentor, spiritual advisor and loyal and supportive colleague.

Lorna Williams

Dr. Lorna Williams (Elder Representative)

Lorna Wanosts’a7 Williams is a member of the Lil’wat First Nation of Mount Currie. She is the former chair of the First Peoples’ Cultural Council. Until her retirement in 2013, she was the Canada Research Chair in Indigenous knowledge and learning, an associate professor in Indigenous Education, Curriculum and Instruction and Linguistics, Dr. Williams also worked at the Ministry of Education as Director of the Aboriginal Education Enhancement Branch. Prior to this appointment, she worked as the First Nations education specialist with the Vancouver School Board.  She was also the Program Director of Aboriginal Education at the University of Victoria. While there, she designed courses and degrees that included an Indigenous worldview and a focus on decolonization. Dr. Williams received her Doctorate in Education at the University of Tennessee in Educational Psychology. She co-directed a documentary film series called First Nations: The Circle Unbroken and has written children’s books, teachers’ guides and developed Lil’wat language curriculum to teach people to read and write the Lil’wat language.  Dr. Williams was invested into the Order of British Columbia in 1993 in recognition for her work in education

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas

Linda Thomas, BSW, LLB, of Cree – Norwegian ancestry, is a member of the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc (TteS), formerly Kamloops Band, through marriage and has called the TteS community home for more than 30 years. Linda, who practices child protection and family law in Kamloops, Merritt and Lillooet, is known to be a passionate advocate for her clients. She has been a lawyer for 14 years and has worked for First Nations governments, non-profit organizations and has been a student and faculty member in the Indigenous Leadership, Governance and Management Program at the Banff Centre. Her past experience practicing criminal and prison law, coupled with her involvement in social justice issues since a young adult, led her to establish the Cknúcwentn First Nations Court in Kamloops, a provincial sentencing court for Indigenous peoples. It is one of four such courts operating in the Provincial Court system within B.C. Linda is the Chair of the Aboriginal Justice Council, a multi-agency committee that she established to serve as an advisory to the First Nations Court. Linda is a member of the B.C. Courthouse Libraries, the Canadian Bar Association (CBA) of British Columbia Criminal Law section, the Women’s Lawyers Forum, the Aboriginal Lawyers Forum and the Kamloops Child Protection lawyers group. She is also a law student mentor. In 2014, Linda was awarded with the CBA B.C. Aboriginal Lawyer’s Forum Special Contribution Award that recognized not only her leadership and commitment in establishing the First Nations court in Kamloops, but also her motivation to improve relationships between Indigenous peoples and the legal system. Linda is the proud recipient of the 2015 YMCA Peace Award that recognized her work in establishing the First Nations court in Kamloop.

Karen Joseph

Karen Joseph

Karen Joseph is co-founder and Chief Executive Officer of Reconciliation Canada. She is a proud member of the Kwakwaka’wakw People. Karen brings more than 18 years’ experience of inspiring diverse partners to collaborate and achieve effective, positive change. Karen's desire to affect meaningful, systemic change and contribute to her community led to a career in health. She spent several years working with Vancouver Coastal Health and as an independent healthcare advisor, where she developed programs to improve healthcare outcomes for Indigenous communities. Her work focused on community engagement and education towards removing systemic barriers to healthcare access. Karen founded Reconciliation Canada in 2012 to uphold a dream held by her father to witness thousands of people walking together for renewed relationships. In September 2013, the Walk for Reconciliation brought 70,000 people to the streets of downtown Vancouver to display a commitment to transforming relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Karen grew up in Campbell River, where she was active in music, sport and community activities. As the eldest daughter of Chief Robert Joseph, Karen can speak first-hand to the impacts of inter-generational trauma  and the current realities of the residential school legacy. In the true legacy of Kwakwaka’wakw traditions and culture, Karen holds a lifelong commitment to family and community.

Coreen Child

Coreen Child

Coreen Child carries the ancestral Kwak’wala name ‘Yakawilas, the place where property is given’. She is from the Kwakiutl (Kwagiulth) First Nation and lives with her husband and three daughters in their home community of Tsaxis, near Port Hardy on northern Vancouver Island. Yakawilas is a descendant of many high ranking Kwakiutl chiefs and their families, and can trace her lineage back 14 generations to the origin places of her ancestors. She carries a diploma in Indigenous child and youth care, a diploma in language revitalization, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Kwak’wala language learning. She has recently completed her third consecutive term in service to her nation, most recently as Chief Councillor. Coreen continues to advocate and serve on many boards and committees that include the First Nations Technology Council of B.C. Board of Directors, the Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ All Chiefs Task Force on Children and Families, and the First Nations Education Council for School District 85, Vancouver Island North. She has also served as a representative to the BCAFN women's council. Coreen has worked at Camosun College as an instructional assistant to employment readiness preparation programs, at the University of Victoria as an Aboriginal service plan coordinator, at the Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre as a roots practitioner, and for the Kwakiutl Nation as a cultural researcher. Coreen is renowned for her many gifts of traditional dancing, singing and teaching, and she continues to play an active role as a cultural leader and educator amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw communities.

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson is a citizen of the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Saulteau First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She was born and raised in Prince Rupert and now lives on the west coast of Vancouver Island in the Toquaht Nation’s small community of Macoah with her husband and an array of animals, and is a proud step-mother and auntie.

As Principal at Rainwatch Consulting, Sarah provides advice and support to numerous Indigenous organizations across Canada. In early 2017, she spoke about “Indigenous Women and the Story of Canada” at the #WalrusTalks National Tour kick-off event in Whitehorse. She is an Action Canada Fellow and an enthusiastic napper. Find her on Twitter @sarahc_robinson.

Raven Lacerte

Raven Lacerte (Youth Represenative)

Raven Lacerte is a proud member of the Carrier First Nation in northern BC and belongs to the Grizzly Bear Clan. She is the co-founder and Youth Ambassador for the Moose Hide Campaign, a national grass-roots effort to end violence towards Indigenous and non-Indigenous women and children. Raven is also a member of the National Steering Committee for the 4R's National Youth Movement. She is a hunter and a practitioner of traditional Indigenous cultural and ceremonial activities. Raven is currently completing her Bachelor Degree in Political Science at the University of Victoria.

MACIW is a Level 2 Advisory Board, with the chair receiving $350 per day and members receiving $250 per day for MACIW-related business. Pursuant to Treasury Board Directive 2/17 (Remuneration Guidelines for Appointees to Ministry and Crown Agency Boards), the annual disclosure of appointee remuneration is listed below for 2016-17.

 

Name Position Meeting Days Remuneration

Chastity Davis

Chair

27

$9,450

Barb Ward-Burkitt

Member

6

$1,500

Lorna Williams

Member

5

$1,250

Marge White

Member

1

$500

Paulette Flamond

Member

4

$1,000

Sophie Pierre

Member

2

$500

Coreen Child

Member

8

$2,000

Karen Joseph

Member

2.5

$625

Linda Thomas

Member

5

$1,250

Sarah Robinson

Member

0

$0