Diane is committed to positively working with First Nations and indigenous people in our region, including the Stó:lō Nation and its 11 bands and the Chilliwack Metis Association. Diane has extensive experience in working with First Nations, having served as Director of Education for the Seabird Island Band for a good number of years. In this capacity she worked with committed Chief and Council and dedicated educational staff to provide services to 14 First Nations communities. The strong efforts of the team saw significantly increased graduation rates, improved reading, writing and numeracy results and the provision of trades training which resulted in employment. Diane also worked with the four Bands of the Northern Shuswap Tribal Council on education and training.
Diane’s focus in working with First Nations and Indigenous people in our region will begin with respect and focus on real results:
- Working with Stó:lō Nation, all bands and communities to advance economic development including completing benefits agreements and initiatives that provide economic benefit and jobs for communities;
- Sign treaties with Bands in the in the BC treaty process to provide a strong and certain base for economic development, education, social services and cultural development;
- Establish a Friendship Centre in Chilliwack;
- Work with Xyolhemeylh Child and Family Services to focus on strong families, reduce the number of indigenous children in care and increase the number of indigenous and First Nations families that are able to foster or adopt First Nations and indigenous children.