Culturally Committed Mentors
From Stz'uminus First Nation
Artist, Cultural Worker, and Counselor
Dan Elliott is a drug and alcohol counsellor, artist, and cultural worker and was born into the the Stz'uminus People on Vancouver Island. Dan has brought culture to many seeking it -- first in the Nanaimo public school system, and then to the Indigenous inmates of Nanaimo Correction Centre. Now Dan supports those in his community seeking a healing path away from drug and alcohol use. Dan actively and frequently facilitates smudges, sweat lodges, and traditional cooking classes. He is an incredible artist, and recently finished a collection entitled "The Winds of Change", which is rooted in the path towards reconciliation.
From Snuneymuxw First Nation
"Residential School Survivor Turned Thriver"
Lachwiltach First Nation
Registered Dental Hygienist
Owner of Care Dental Hygiene
Ethel Henry is a registered dental hygienist who was born into the Laichwiltach People of Campbell River on Vancouver Island. Ethel is proud of her grandparents persistence in passing forward the cultural practices of their Ancestors, as they were raised at a time when being active in those practices was illegal. She is a mother to 5 wonderful children and grandmother to 4, and loves to continuing sharing cultural teachings and practices with them. Ethel has been a dental hygienist for 26 years, and is the owner of Care Dental Hygiene in Campbell River.
Coast Salish | Ojibwa Cree | Irish
Coast Salish Artist, Traditional Dugout Canoe Carver, and owner of Beau's Boats
Beau Wagner is an artist and woodworker, and specializes in Coast Salish dugout canoes, masks, and bentwood boxes.Beau's paternal grandmother was a residential school survivor, and the trauma and shame she endured caused her to fear her culture and conceal her Indigeneity from her family and children. Beau has been actively seeking reconnection, and knows that his roots lie in Coast Salish and Ojibwa Cree territories. Beau loves supporting others in learning about culture through facilitated workshops, and is the founder of Beau's Boats, where he offers hands on learning in Indigenous arts.
Stz'uminus First Nation
George Harris Jr.
George Harris Jr. (Wholwolet'za) of Stz'uminus First Nation is a Youth and Family worker who is proud to lend his hands in his home Nation. George is deeply connected to his cultural teachings, and believes strongly that all children need access to culture, whether they reside in community or are living away from home. George is proud to share his traditional name with both his father and his sister, and strives to live and work in such a way that honours his Ancestors.
Kim Good of Snuneymuxw First Nation is a mother to two adult children and grandmother to five beautiful grandchildren. Kim is a residential school survivor turned thriver, and is committed to supporting First Nations people across Canada on their healing journey. She participated in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada, and has helped others through her work at Round Lake Treatment Centre, and Tsow Tun Lelum Treatment Centre. She carries the traditions and values of her parents, who are Snuneymuxw and Cowichan.