The family I know best is from the Kitasoo/Xai’xais First Nation (Laxgibuu Clan, Neasloss family), and I also have family ties to Lax Kw’ alaams (Gispaxlo'ots Tribe, Gispudwada Clan, House of T'amks), Gitga’at, and Gitxaala.
An interest in fisheries and photography was fostered in the surroundings of my childhood home of Campbell River and my adopted home in the Central Coast. I thank my late grandfather, Willard White, for a lifetime of inspiration.
Education & Work
I completed a B.Sc from the University of Victoria (biology and environmental studies), and partial completion of a M.Sc with the University of British Columbia (resource management). Throughout my post-secondary studies I have focused on ecosystem based management, ecosystem service evaluation, aboriginal food security, aboriginal cultural keystone species, shellfish aquaculture, and marine ecology.
My professional work with First Nation began with the Kitasoo Fisheries Program, the Bamfield Huu-ay-aht Community Abalone Hatchery, Blue Revolution Consulting, then with the Metlakatla First Nation.
At this point I began my graduate studies. My research was a interdisciplinary study of edible seaweed in Tsimshian communities. Dr. Sandra Lindstrom (Botany), Dr. Charles Menzies (Anthropology), Dr. Chris Harley (Zoology), and Dr. Kai Chan (IRES) were my supervisors and committee members respectively.
After my graduate work, I began with the Fraser River Aboriginal Fisheries Secretariat (FRAFS). I had maintained active presence on a Joint Technical Working Group (JTWG) with First Nations and DFO, where were we were provided an opportunity to ensure their communities have the appropriate scientific knowledge applied to fisheries management decisions. I have also acted as contract biologist with the Island Marine Aquatic Working Group (IMAWG), the Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance (LFFA), the Quatsino First Nation, and the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance.
Currently, I'm a fisheries biologist with the North Coast First Nations Stewardship Society in Prince Rupert, BC.
My work has been profiled in The Ring Co-op Chronicles, The Knowledge Network production “Saving Seaweed” on the The Leading Edge, and in Katherine Gordon’s book “We are born with the songs inside us” (Harbour Publishing).