Are you an urban Indigenous changemaker ready to take your management style to the next level?


And by management, we mean culturally-grounded communication, health-focused visioning and holistic, decolonial strategies for self-defined success in your home- and work-life balance.

Introducing...

Moving Forward: Online management training for Indigenous Peoples by Indigenous Peoples

Inside this 12-week online course, you will have access to training and teachings that you might not have had access to in the past. So many of us are living away from our Nations and communities, working in the city for organizations that may or may not be culturally safe.

Moving Forward is sponsored by Pacific Association of First Nations Women. The training is designed by M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Society, Decolonizing Practices and Annita McPhee Strategies.

The courses are facilitated by Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George, Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph, Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee-Attig, Lloyd Attig, and Annita McPhee with guest speakers.

The next course starts on Wednesday, October 28, 2020 at 6:30pm. (*Limited to Indigenous residents of British Columbia.)

In this online course we'll explore...

  • Indigenous Protocols & Squamish History

  • Holistic Wellness & Management Foundations

  • Traditional Family Life Cycles

  • Connections to Our Lands & Bodies

  • Decolonizing & Indigenizing

  • Non-violent Communication & Having Difficult Conversations

  • Lateral Violence & Lateral Kindness

  • Responding to Racism in the Workplace

  • Financial Confidence & Strategic Planning

  • Strengthening Ourselves & Moving Forward

We Start October 28th, 2020

Sessions will be held every Wednesday for 12 weeks from 6:30pm - 8:30pm PST

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STEP 1: REGISTER FOR THE COURSE

If you're an urban Indigenous worker looking for foundational, holistic, management training and you are living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, click below to register. (Must be an Indigenous resident of BC to apply.)

STEP 2: BECOME A PAFNW MEMBER

PAFNW Membership isn't mandatory but it's a great way to support our organization. Our membership costs $5 per year. Please click the button below to fill out the application to become a member. (Make sure you open in a new tab so you don't lose this page.)

What Members Are Saying

Everything I've ever attended at PAFNW has been the best time ever.

Mechelle P.

Everything I've ever attended at PAFNW has been the best time ever. We get spoiled - lotsa good eats, we have fun with lotsa good company, we get to do community stuff together - like pick berries at UBC farm, we get to make beautiful things from mother earth - like the lavender candles we made at UBC and there's other things I haven't had a chance to take part in yet - the Indigenous arts and crafts which make us loud, proud and wowed. And the people that coordinate these activities and the volunteers take excellent care of us. Eg. They make sure we don't miss out by providing us with rides. Anyhoo, thank you to the people who make these things happen and to the participants. I look forward to sharing more fun times with you, somewhere down the line. Meanwhile, Merry Christmas & Happy New Year. Luv Y'all.

A great journey.

Judy G.

A great journey for our urban indigenous revitalization, thank you for existing and loving our people through culture.

Can’t wait for all the future events!

Priscilla S.

Just went to my first Craft night event they put on. I was very very happy to find this place. Everyone is super nice and seem to love sharing their knowledge. My first little project is making some moccasins for my baby girl, so I really appreciate the help and direction as I have never attempted these before. Also the drinks and food provided was awesome..... fresh fruit, coffee cake etc. Can’t wait for all the future events!

Beautiful inside and out.

Suzie F.

Wonderful organization full of indigenous women who are beautiful inside and out. Great programs. they really care. Chi miigwech😀

Meet Your Instructors

Skwetsimeltxw Willard ‘Buddy’ Joseph & Chepximiya Siyam’ Chief Janice George

Squamish

Skwetsimeltxw and Chepximiya Siyam’ are accomplished weavers and teachers from the Squamish Nation. They have co founded L’hen Awtxw Weaving House to share the teachings and practice of traditional Coast Salish wool weaving. George is a hereditary chief, trained museum curator and educator. She also co-organized the 1st Canada Northwest Coast Weavers Gathering, with other Squamish Nation Weavers. George and Joseph are from prominent Squamish families and have numerous ceremonial and cultural responsibilities in their community. Joseph is the former director of the Squamish Housing and Capital Projects and currently consults on capital projects for First Nations communities.

Skwetsimeltxw and Chepximiya Siyam’ are also co-founders and directors of M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Society.

Ta7talíya Michelle Nahanee & Lloyd Attig

Squamish & Plains Cree

Ta7talíya is a creative director, decolonizing facilitator and Indigenous change maker from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh community Eslha7an. She works within the intersection of class, race, culture and creativity focusing on social change through communications and deep engagement. Ta7talíya’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action. She is also the designer of a life-size board game and workshop called Sínulhkay and Ladders which aims to answer the question “what now” in this age of truth & reconciliation. Her clients include the City of Vancouver, Squamish Nation, HCMA Architecture + Design, Simon Fraser University, Telus Storyhive and Vancouver Foundation. She believes in non-coercive education and making space for brave innovations.

Lloyd is a Plains Cree, originally from the Muskoday First Nation near Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. With 14 years of experience in life skills and career development and 11 years of experience in Indigenous mental health and wellness, Lloyd brings a unique lens and approach to facilitating dialogues, workshops and one-to-one client success. His work as a Clinical Supervisor, Counsellor and Life Skills Instructor informs his approach to prioritizing wellness within decolonizing work.

Ta7talíya and Lloyd are also co-founders and directors of M̓i tel'nexw Leadership Society.

Annita McPhee

Tahltan

Annita is a member of the Tahltan Nation located in Northwestern British Columbia. She pursues innovative approaches to aboriginal engagement in the resource sector resulting in the removal of communication barriers between First Nations and Industry. As the former three-term President of the Tahltan Central Council (TCC), Annita led the Nation through some of the most challenging and exciting opportunities in its history. During her term as President, Annita was instrumental in negotiating more than $2 billion worth of agreements on behalf of the Tahltan Nation for BC Hydro’s Northwest Transmission Line and AltaGas’ run of river projects.

Now running her own consultancy, Annita provides strategic advice to industry and First Nations in energy and resource development while specializing in Aboriginal engagement including facilitation, fundraising and negotiation. Annita holds a Bachelor of Law and a Bachelor of Social Work from the University of Victoria, and studied Public Relations at BCIT.

Diana Day

Oneida Nation, Wolf Clan

Diana Day is First Nations from the Oneida Nation, a member of the Wolf Clan and has lived in Vancouver since the early 80’s. Diana is passionate about social justice issues that impact the health and welfare of the most vulnerable. Diana has an honours degree in Psychology and is the Lead Matriarch for the Pacific Association of First Nations Women since June of 2017. Her work experience includes work at the local, regional, provincial and national level ranging from program development to management. With exceptional facilitation skills Diana has provided personal and professional development training for Indigenous people in Canada and the US. Diana volunteers as a board member of the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council in Vancouver. Her most important role is mothering her two young adult children Alexander and Angeline, both in Post Secondary Studies.
Diana Day

READY TO REGISTER FOR THE COURSE

If you're an urban Indigenous worker looking for foundational, holistic, management training and you are living on the unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, click below to register. (Must be an Indigenous resident of BC to apply.)

Have Questions?

Send us an email at PAFNWWorkshops@gmail.com and we'll be in touch!