Beverly Bird

Director of Treaty Negotiations, Tl'azt'en Nation

CURA Stream Leader - Tl'azt'en Ecological Knowledge

Phone: 250.648.3224

Email: bbird@istar.ca

Located at the Tl'azt'en Nation Treaty Office, Tache, BC

 

Beverly is a Tl'azt'en Nation member who was born and raised in Fort St. James, and I'm a member of the Lasilyoo Clan. She attended CNC and UBC as a mature student and graduated with a degree in Geography. She worked with many First Nation communities throughout her career. Some of my summer jobs while attending university included working with BC Parks and the Nisga'a Tribal Council as a research assistant. The research included working with community members in the development of the Nisga'a Memorial Lava Bed Park. Another important job was mapping the placenames for the Squamish Nation.

Working at the national level in Ottawa, she worked for National Aboriginal Forestry Association (research assistant), the Assembly of First Nations (GIS Manager on the E.A.G.L.E. project which is the "Effects on Aboriginals in the Great Lakes Environment"), and Department of Indian and Northern Affairs (research assistant in data management department).

Regional work included work at the UBC Faculty of Forestry. Her main tasks included working with faculty members in developing the First Nations program, incorporating First Nations' perspective in various courses, curriculum development in the Aboriginal Forstry Course.

Working at the community level creates opportunities to assist in building capacity and assisting in moving forward with community development. As the director of natural resources in past and moving to the position of director of treaty negotiations provided necessary experience of working at the regional and national level again. Additonally, the research experiences is shared with community members who are interested in utilizing the information for various purposes - cultural and language restoration, resource management planning, treaty negotiations, to name a few.

Working as one of the stream leaders on the CURA project enhances the research skills, relationship building with university scientists, sharing the research skills development with community members, and provides an opportunity to be involved at the Steering Committee level.

Previous work with John Prince Research Forest included Community Liason Manager to share with community members the purpose and functions of JPRF and to work with various departments of Tl'azt'en Nation to update them on the progress of JPRF. Some of the work included fund raising. One of the projects included the "Co-Management" research (Phase 1). Again, building community capacity was one of the main objectives of my role in that entity.

 

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