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The Great Bear Initiative Society operates under the direction of a Board that approves the annual work plan for the office and gives final approval to all policies and procedures. The Board of Directors consists of a representative from each of the participating First Nations - Wuikinuxv Nation, Heiltsuk Nation, Kitasoo/Xaixais First Nation, Gitga’at First Nation, Metlakatla First Nation, Nuxalk Nation, Old Massett Village Council, Skidegate Band Council, and Council of the Haida Nation.
The Great Bear Initiative board meets quarterly to review progress and provide direction on future activities. In addition, the Executive Committee of the Board meets more frequently to review administrative issues and monitor project work.
The Coastal First Nations office in Vancouver supports the goals of the board by providing strategic planning support, communications, assisting in the development of economic strategies, and supporting capacity building for communities.
As well the office provides strategic regional planning, negotiation and administrative support to Coastal First Nations on environmental and socio-economic issues. The strategic plan is approved by the Board. The Board Chair provides direction for office activities and staff, following the strategic plan approved by the Board of Directors.
Board of Directors:
Peter Lantin - President, Council of the Haida Nation
Arnold Clifton -Chief Councillor, Gitga'at
Marilyn Slett - Chief Councillor, Heiltsuk Tribal Council
Doug Neasloss - Chief Councillor, Kitasoo Band Council
Harold Leighton - Chief Councillor, Metlakatla Governing Council
Wally Webber- Chief Councillor, Nuxalk Nation
Ronald Williams - Councillor, Old Massett Village Council
Billy Yovanovich - Chief Councillor, Skidegate Band Council
Rose Hackett - Chief Councillor, Wuikinuxv Nation
Marilyn Slett - President
Rose Hackett - Vice-President
Bruce Reece - Secretary
Ronald Williams - Treasurer
Kelly Russ, Board Chair
kruss (at) coastalfirstnations.ca
Garry Wouters, Policy Consultant
gwouters (at) coastalfirstnations.ca
Bess Brown, Communications Coordinator
bbrown (at) coastalfirstnations.ca
Crystal Dixon, Executive Assistant
Officeadmin (at )coastalfirstnations.ca
David Oxley, Admin/IT Coordinator
doxley (at) coastalfirstnations.ca
Johanna Helbig, Projects Coordinator
jhelbig (at) coastalfirstnations.ca