Sacheen - Ancestral Pride ~ Husband and wife, mother and father, grandfather and grandmother, Warriors, Land Defenders, allies in solidarity with those are fighting for our rights to a future for our great great great grandchildren. Nothing more, nothing less, dedicated to our way of life, and to upholding the ways of our ancestors.
Steve Stewart is CoDev’s Education Program Director and the Technical Secretary for the IDEA Network, which is housed at the CoDev offices. Steve has been involved in Latin American issues since he first visited Central America in 1986. After a stint as a Surrey Spanish and Social Studies teacher, Steve joined the CERIGUA news agency and covered the civil wars and land, labour and human rights issues during the 1990s in Mexico, Guatemala and El Salvador. He has been working for the IDEA Network since its founding in 1999 and joined CoDev at the beginning of 2000.
In October 2008, Grand Chief Stewart Phillip concluded his fourth consecutive term as Chief of the Penticton Indian Band (PIB) after having served the Band as Chief for a total of 14 years. In addition, he served as an elected Band Councilor for a 10 year period and continues to serve as the Chair of the Okanagan Nation Alliance.
Frank Tester is Professor of Social Work at UBC. He previously taught in the Faculty of Environmental Studies, York University, Toronto. He has a particular interest in social and environmental issues in relation to colonial histories. Frank has lived and worked extensively in the eastern Arctic. His current research interests include Inuit social history, the problem of young Inuit suicide and the social and personal implications of a severe housing shortage and overcrowding.
sχɬemtəna:t / Audrey Siegl kʷənəs kʷix. təniʔ cən ʔə ƛ̓ xʷməθkʷəy̓əm. χʷəy̓χʷiq̓tən ʔiʔ Celina August kʷθə nə sile:ɬ.
( My name is sχɬemtəna:t / Audrey Siegl. I am from Musqueam. The late χʷəy̓χʷiq̓tən, Stephen August, and Celina August are my Grandparents. )
Daniel Tseghay is an organizer with Transportation Not Deportation and No One Is Illegal. He is a freelance writer whose work has appeared in the Georgia Straight, the Tyee, rabble.ca, the Toronto Star and THIS Magazine.
Dr. Warren Cariou (Associate Professor, English) is a writer, Professor, documentary filmmaker and Director of the Centre for Creative Writing and Oral Culture at the University of Manitoba. Cariou specializes in the areas of Aboriginal Literature, Creative Writing, Oral Culture, and Psychoanalytic and Postcolonial Theory. Cariou’s work is particularly concerned with Indigenous human rights with a focus on seeking out indigenous voices in order to see how indigenous people are responding to corporate incursions into their land and their lives.