Senior Indigenous Advisory, Healthy Watersheds Initiative (Contract completed)

Tara was the Senior Indigenous Advisor for the Healthy Watersheds Initiative. In this role she supports the HWI team to identify and enable opportunities for best practices in supporting Indigenous watershed work.  Tara’s HWI contract is complete and we’re grateful that she continues to advise HWI through a Fellows role with REFBC.  

Tara was born and raised and has spent the majority of her adult life in Northern BC in the Skeena and Nass Watersheds.  She is a member of Gitanyow First Nation and holds the traditional name Naxginkw.  Over her 20-year career,  she has worked for a number of First Nations, ENGOs, philanthropic organizations, post-secondary institutions, the provincial government, and the BC Forest Practices Board.  Her areas of interest are: Indigenous governance and laws, sustainability assessment, community-driven research, Aboriginal case law, policy development, environmental monitoring and adaptive management, and land use planning. Tara has a Masters Degree in Political Science from the University of Northern BC. She lives in Hazelton with her two children.