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

Dr. Lorna Williams

Lil’wat

Member, Elder Representative

2014 – Present

Coreen Child Kwakiutl First Nation Member 2016 - Present
Sarah Robinson Fort Nelson First Nation & Saulteau First Nation  Member 2017 - Present 
Raven Lacerte Carrier First Nation Member, Youth Representative 2017 - Present
Patricia Barkaskas Métis Member 2018 - Present
Monique Gray Smith Cree, Lakota Member 2018 - Present

Meet the Council Members

Chasity Davis

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 Ward-Burkitt

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.

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

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 Representative)

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.

Patricia Barkaskas

Patricia Barkaskas

Patricia M. Barkaskas is the Academic Director at the Indigenous Community Legal Clinic, Peter A. Allard School of Law and a tenure track Instructor at Allard Law at the University of British Columbia. Patricia practiced child protection, civil, criminal, family, and prison law, and has produced Gladue reports for all levels of courts in British Columbia. She has worked closely with Indigenous peoples in their encounters with the justice system and worked for Residential school survivors as an historical legal researcher for the Indian Residential Schools Settlement Agreement. Patricia’s research focuses on clinical legal education, decolonizing and Indigenizing legal education, exploring the value of Indigenous pedagogies in legal education, experiential learning in law, and Métis law. Patricia was born in Alberta and is Métis.
Monique Grey Smith

Monique Gray Smith

Monique Gray Smith is of Cree, Lakota and Scottish ancestry and the proud Mom of fifteen year old twins, an award-winning, best-selling author and sought after consultant. She has been running her business, Little Drum Consulting since 1996. Her career has focused on fostering paradigm shifts that emphasize the strength and resiliency of the First Peoples in Canada. Monique’s strong understanding of education has led her to work as the Executive Director for Aboriginal Head Start Association of BC, the National Aboriginal Advisor for Roots of Empathy. Monique’s first published novel, Tilly: A Story of Hope and Resilience won the 2014 Burt Award for First Nation, Métis and Inuit Literature. Since then, Monique has had 4 books come out, including Speaking our Truth: A Journey of Reconciliation. Speaking our Truth which quickly became a Canadian Best Seller, is a finalist for the TD Canadian Children’s Literature Award and is currently being used across the country as a tool to educate the hearts and minds of both young and not so young readers. Monique has been sober and involved in her healing journey for over 27 years and is well known for her storytelling, spirit of generosity and focus on resilience.

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 2017-18.

Name

Position

Meeting Days

Remuneration

Chastity Davis

Chair

43.75

$15,313

Barb Ward-Burkitt

Member

12.0

$3,000

Lorna Williams

Member

7.0

$1,750

Paulette Flamond

Member

8.0

$2,000

Coreen Child

Member

12.5

$3,125

Karen Joseph

Member

2.0

$500

Linda Thomas

Member

11.0

$2,750

Sarah Robinson

Member

16.0

$4,000

Raven Lacerte

Member

7.5

$1,875