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Coast Funds board of directors and staff with Haíɫzaqv leadership in June 2019. Photo by Brodie Guy.

Canadian Coast Funds Welcomes Three First Nations Women to BOD

Coast Funds announced today the appointment of three First Nations women to its board of directors: Christina Gray, nominated by the North Coast Skeena Stewardship Society; Ts’xwiixw Megan Moody, nominated by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance; and Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson, nominated by the Council of the Haida Nation.

Coast Funds announced today the appointment of three First Nations women to its board of directors: Christina Gray, nominated by the North Coast Skeena Stewardship Society; Ts’xwiixw Megan Moody, nominated by the Central Coast Indigenous Resource Alliance; and Kii’iljuus Barbara Wilson, nominated by the Council of the Haida Nation.

K̓áwáziɫ Marilyn Slett, President of Coastal First Nations and Coast Funds Member, says Indigenous women offer diverse knowledge, experience, and perspectives to organizations. “These qualities will serve to enhance the planning, decision-making, and governance of organizations like Coast Funds,” said K̓áwáziɫ.  “I am thrilled with the brilliance and strong leadership they bring to Coast Funds. They are all important role models in our communities, particularly for young women and girls.” Listening to, and including the viewpoints of the new board members in a meaningful way, will bring a new perspective and new ideas to move forward Coast Funds’ progressive agenda, K̓áwáziɫ added.

The directors each bring a unique set of competencies and backgrounds to the board: Gray (Ts’msyen/Dene) is a lawyer and Indigenous law scholar, currently completing her Master of Laws. Ts’xwiixw (Nuxalk) has served her community and other coastal communities as a stewardship expert and biologist, with significant experience in fisheries. Kii’iljuus (Haida) holds a Master of Arts in Education, and brings to the board a diverse background in stewardship, Indigenous justice, education, and cultural advising, as well as prior experience developing a training program for Guardian Watchmen.

The directors were officially appointed by Coast Funds’ Members at the annual general meeting on July 5, 2019. Members expressed their support for the diversity of experience Gray, Ts’xwiixw, and Kii’iljuus bring to the board and were impressed by the competencies of the new directors.

“We are grateful for the depth of knowledge and experience each of these women bring to the board,” said Huux Percy Crosby, chair of Coast Funds’ board of directors. “Their diverse skill sets will strengthen the ways in which Coast Funds can serve First Nations as they pursue well-being in their communities.”

The three directors joined the board after an in-depth consultation with each of the regional groups responsible for nominating directors to Coast Funds’ board. Gray and Ts’xwiixw will be serving on the board until 2023, and Kii’iljuus until late 2021.

“It continues to be an honour to work for such a committed and talented group as we operate in service of First Nations who are uplifting the well-being of their people while leading stewardship throughout their territories,” said Brodie Guy, executive director of Coast Funds.