MEET THE BOARD
Russell Brewer - President
Russell Brewer is a Registered Professional Forester with a Science degree from the University of Manitoba and a Forestry degree from the University of B.C. A Métis francophone born and raised in Saint Boniface, Manitoba, Russell is also president of the Powell River Métis Society, a local of the Métis Nation of British Columbia. He is currently serving a second term as a councillor for the City of Powell River, owns a forest management consulting firm, and is employed as a forester with the Ministry of Forests in B.C.
Rhonda Carriere - Vice President
Rhonda Carriere is a Program Coordinator at Self-Management BC, part of the University of Victoria's Institute on Aging and Lifelong Health. Rhonda has an extensive background working and volunteering with Métis and Indigenous organizations in the Vancouver area, including the Aboriginal Rights Coalition. Prior to joining UVic, she was the Associate Director of the Indigenous Studies Program (formerly Native Ministries) at Vancouver School of Theology. She has a Master's Degree in English and a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Community Economic Development.
David Doyle, Secretary
David Doyle (M.Ed.) a former first Nations schoolteacher, principal and administrator has sought the exoneration of Louis Riel for over 30 years. Seeking justice for Riel David has spoken on Riel across Western Canada as well as in Iceland, Ireland, England and Cuba. David's forthcoming book LOUIS RIEL Justice Must Be Done ( Ronsdale Press, March 2017) is a biographical reconstruction of Riel's defence – his "lost testimony".
George & Terry Goulet, Elders and Advisors
Canadian bestselling authors, public speakers, and historians George Goulet and Terry Goulet have collaborated on and co-authored a number of books includingThe Trial of Louis Riel: Justice and Mercy Denied, The Métis: Memorable Events and Memorable Personalities, and The Métis in British Columbia from Fur Trade Outposts to Colony. In a 2015 publication of the University of Toronto(where he received his Master of Laws Degree), George Goulet was named one of its distinguished alumni. Terry and George are on the Wikipedia list of "most prominent historians in Canada" (Metis).
Dr. John A. (Ian) MacKenzie, Treasurer
Ian MacKenzie is a retired Anglican clergy person who has spent 51 years working with First Nations people in Canada and the United States. Ian was an appointed member of the Nisga’a Tribal Council (1979–2001) nations, Ian is a member of the Raven tribe, affiliated with the Alaska Native Brotherhood, emeritus member of the Native Ministries Consortium and a founding member of the Indian Ecumenical Conference and the Centre for Indigenous Scholars. He holds an honourary Doctor of Divinity from Vancouver School of Theology. (2003). WRONGS TO RIGHTS AWARD 2016: Christian Settlers who honoured Indigenous rights.
Dr. Paula Sampson, Vice President
Paula Sampson earned a Ph.D in Environmental Ethics and Liturgical Theology from the Graduate Theological Union in Berkeley, California and a degree in Political Science from the University of Washington. She is the retired Director of the Indigenous Studies Centre and Assistant Professor of Ethics and Indigenous Studies at Vancouver School of Theology. She is an adopted member of the Wolf tribe in the Nisga’a Nation and affiliated with the Alaska Native Sisterhood.
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