Bonnie Harvey of the Ktunaxa Nation is a Lands and Resources Stewardship Assistant with the Ktunaxa Nation Council. Bonnie has worked for and with the Ktunaxa Nation Council in many capacities over the past several years, and takes great pride in furthering her Nation’s goals and vision of strong, healthy citizens, economy, language, lands and resources. Bonnie’s current role with the Nation allows her to review development applications with an Aqam stewardship committee in order to ensure that Ktunaxa rights, interests and values are not only being considered but also incorporated into the decision-making process. Bonnie has provided insight and recommendations to many projects in the Territory including the Cherry Creek Falls proposed Quarry, the Qat’muk stewardship plan (in the heart of the Jumbo Valley), the proposed Teck Coal Mine Expansions, and many more. Bonnie has also worked within her community to get citizen support for Aqam to develop its own land code on their reserve. Bonnie has completed 4 of 6 courses at the Banff Centre and is that much closer to successfully completing her Certificate of Indigenous Leadership, Governance, and Management Excellence. Learning and sharing the Ktunaxa Language is a passion that Bonnie carries deep within her heart.
Kat has been working on environmental advocacy issues in BC since 1983 and joined Wildsight in 1991. With a degree in Commerce Kat has applied her business experience throughout her environmental work. She has worked internationally to promote awareness of endangered species such as the Mountain Caribou and the impacts of unsustainable, industrial tourism practices. Kat has attended SRI forums throughout in North American and Europe and participated in workshops that helped to define criteria for Corporate Environmental Responsibility (CER) from a non-governmental perspective. She has worked to develop shareholder resolutions that encourage environmental policies for public and private companies. Kat’s most recent portfolio includes her provincial, national and international work to develop corporate and NGO partnerships which support Wildsight’s conservation, water stewardship and climate change initiatives.
Tanya has an undergraduate degree from McGill University, and recently graduated from the Integrated Environmental Planning program at Selkirk College. She has been working with Salmo Streamkeeper Stewardship Society for two years. Tanya has a keen interest in engaging youth in our environmental future. Her particular interests are in the treaty renegotiations, transboundary youth engagement, and involving youth in policy development.
Richard H. Johnson is a geological engineer who worked in the petroleum industry prior to moving to the Slocan Valley. He and his wife Susan continue to run their consulting company which, among other things, teaches water analysis interpretation. After arriving in the W. Kootenay in 2007, Richard started the Slocan Lake Research Center to encourage and pursue research into the natural sciences and was one of the founders of the Slocan Wetland Assessment and Monitoring Project (SWAMP). He belongs to several volunteer organizations and was previously on the CBWN Steering Committee. He does hydrogeological studies, aquifer mapping, satellite image interpretation and is interested in building local capacity, not only in science, but all aspects of community life.
Natasha works jointly for the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources and the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance. She is passionate about improving water outcomes through reshaping watershed governance. When not at her desk, Natasha likes to spend every spare moment outside. She has lived in Golden for close to 5 years and is thrilled about making her home in the beautiful Columbia Headwaters.