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Marilyn unites people, helps people navigate uncertainty and inspires people to move forward. She is solution-oriented and approaches every situation with incredible compassion. She is a prominent voice for inclusion, racial equity, safety and sustainability in the arts, non-profit, political and justice communities.
Marilyn brings experience in the field of corporate, event and private security, bringing a background in military training and customer service. She has extensive experience in VIP security with a focus on the Indigenous entertainment community. She served with the military medical corps of the Canadian Armed Forces. Most recently, Marilyn was the first Blackfoot woman to run in Calgary’s 2021 municipal election.
With experiences of intergenerational trauma stemming from residential schools and her experiences of discrimination during and after serving the military medical corps of the Canadian Armed Force, she is now a strong advocate for Indigenous representation and inclusion. She is a catalyst for change and is an advocate for Reconciliation, Indigenous inclusion, racial equity and more. She has served as the vice-chair of the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee and she played an essential role in the development of the White Goose Flying report, the local response to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action. In 2017, Marilyn became the first Indigenous person appointed to a Police Commission in Canada.
Marilyn has earned a BA in psychology and an MA from Athabasca University. Her thesis is one of the first to academically draw out the historical issues leading up to Canada’s current situation with Missing and Murdered Aboriginal Women. In 2012, she was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee medal.
Dr. Michelle Corfield excels in assembling teams to develop custom approaches to meet business and organization needs. She is an innovative facilitator, mediator and process designer with a passion for developing ways to advance First Nations people and communities using a balanced, holistic approach.
Michelle founded Corfield & Associates in 2006 to provide consulting and project management services to First Nations, individuals and organizations working with and for First Nations. Michelle is an entrepreneur, operating Indigenous Natural Health, an organization which develops Indigenous-based wellness products. She co-developed the Indigenous Business and Leadership Masters of Business Administration at Simon Fraser University and is one of the founding partners and designers of Ahp-cii-uk, a British Columbia Multi-Sectoral Leadership Initiative for the social and economic development of First Nations. She has authored six economic development tool kits for First Nations, the Environmental Assessment for First Nations and the Indigenous Women in the Legal Justice System Report.
Michelle is currently a Director of Fortis Inc., and she has served on the boards of more than twelve organizations and societies. She is a member of Ucuelet First Nation and is a past Vice-President for the Nuu-chah-nulth Tribal Council. In addition to the professional experience that Michelle brings to her consultancy, she holds a Doctorate in Organizational Leadership Management from the University of Phoenix, a Masters of Conflict Analysis and Management from Royal Roads University and a Bachelor of Arts in First Nations Studies from Vancouver Island University.
Martha Matthew is a member of the Simpcw First Nation, former Council Member and a graduate from the University of the Fraser Valley Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education program. Martha was recognized by the BA Adult Education Program Awards Committee with the Recognition for Institutional/Community Leadership Award. In 2015 Martha achieved a Graduate Certificate in Project Management from Royal Roads University.
Martha’s work as Director of Aboriginal Skills Employment and Training Services with the Shuswap Nation Tribal Council (“SNTC”) in Kamloops, from 2008 to 2013 provided an opportunity to make a positive contribution to Indigenous People seeking an opportunity to access training leading to long-term sustainable employment. The experience gained provided the opportunity to work with Kinder Morgan on the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project from 2013 to 2017 and since then Martha has been self-employed as an Indigenous Relations Consultant. Martha has also worked in her own community as the Health Manager, and just prior to joining SNTC, as the Band Manager.
Martha worked for 18 years with Indigenous Services Canada, then the Department of Indian Affairs, in Fort St. John, Prince George and also Vancouver in various positions, most notably as Manager of the Indian Registration Program for the BC Region and then as a Funding Services Officer working with many First Nation communities throughout the Province. Martha’s personal mission statement is to make a positive contribution to First Nations People and First Nation communities.