Fran has over 20 years experience in senior management and direct engagement working with Indigenous peoples. Her areas of expertise include Indigenous adult and post-secondary education and training. Fran was the inaugural Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. Fran is also an entrepreneur and currently owns a consulting business, Hunt-Jinnouchi Enterprises. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Adult Education and has completed the course work for a Doctorate in Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Leadership. Fran is passionate about social justice and has dedicated her life's work to Indigenous community capacity development.
Brie was born and raised on Coast Salish territory. She studied classical violin and dance growing up. She attended Camosun College and Royal Roads University where she received her Legal Office Assistant Certificate, a Diploma in Office Management, and a BA in Justice Studies. Brie joined the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness in November 2017 after working with them to conduct research regarding the prevalence of Indigenous youth aging out of the foster care system and becoming homeless in Greater Victoria. She is passionate about her community and working and learning about Indigenous culture and history.
Coreen Child carries the ancestral Kwak’wala name Yakawilas, ‘a place where property is given’. She is from the Kwakiutl (Kwagiulth) First Nation on northern Vancouver Island and is a descendant of many high ranking Kwakiutl chiefs and families tracing her lineage back generations to the origin places of her ancestors. She currently lives with her partner Musgam’dzi and their three daughters in WSANEC territory near Victoria, BC. 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 served multiple and consecutive terms in service to her nation as an elected counsellor and chief. Coreen is committed to all aspects of advancing Indigenous rights and community. Yakawilas is the sole proprietor of her own business, Coreen Child Consulting. Coreen is renowned for her many gifts of traditional knowledge, dancing, singing and teaching, and continues to play an active role as a cultural leader and educator amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw communities.
Indigenous Women's Circle Project Facilitator