I have always had an interest in political issues and being raised in a Tahltan family full of very politically active granny and aunties, they encouraged my interest and participation. In high school, I was interested in social studies but I had trouble reconciling what I was learning in the classroom and what my mother and grandmother were telling me about the aboriginal peoples' experience in Canada. Having a strong sense of social justice added to my interest in political issues.
I was elected as the President of the Tāłtān Central Council and was responsible for speaking on behalf of the Tāłtān Nation on reconciliation, consultation and accommodation issues in addressing the outstanding Tāłtān rights and title claim by organizing administrative procedures and developing and implementing political strategies.
I was instrumental in 2002 in re-uniting the Tāłtān Nation after the division of the 1990's. I created trust by being honest and inclusive. By including members and leaders in the decision making processes we created a strong united nation that has allowed us create strong political strategies that has allowed the nation to grow as a political force.
I, with the assistance of the board and staff, organized the Tāłtān Nation administrative procedures to improve our ability to address Tāłtān rights and title by creating and implementing the Tāłtān Negotiations Team (TNT), Tāłtān Social and Cultural Committee and Tāłtān Heritage, Resources, Environmental Assessment Team (THREAT). We developed the framework of policies that guided the activities of TNT and THREAT and their interaction. We also developed the policies that guide the Tāłtān Nation’s strategic activities with the Crown and resource developers who are infringing Tāłtān rights and title.
I have been directly involved in the environmental assessment of 4 major projects and dozens’ of land referrals ranging from private lots to mining exploration permits and provided political leadership to the negotiations of one IBA.