of Education, Tl'azt'en Nation
Stream Leader- Science and Cultural Education
the past fifteen years Wayne has worked primarily within B.C.’s
First Nations communities as an educator at the primary to adult levels.
Prior to that time he was engaged for nearly twenty years as a mineral
exploration geologist, from Labrador to the Yukon Territory.
As an educator, Wayne has developed curriculum and a model of curriculum
delivery, assessment and reporting that divests the teacher of owning
the student’s learning, cultivates student academic resilience and
encourages vision needed for the development of a community of learners.
His background in the sciences enabled him to set up a school-wide science
programme that engaged learners from Kindergarten to Grade 10. He has
presented twice at the annual First Nations Conference on Aboriginal Education,
and published a paper related to best practices amongst at-risk aboriginal
learners. Currently, as Director of Education for Tl’azt’en
Nation, Wayne is involved with issues surrounding the implementation of
Jurisdiction of Education (Bill C-34) for B.C.’s First Nation communities.
Wayne is a Member of the British Columbia College of Teachers, and a Fellow
of the Geological Association of Canada. He holds degrees in Science (BSc,
1973), Education (MEd, 2006), and is expected to begin Doctoral studies
(EdD) in the fall of 2007, focusing on Aboriginal jurisdiction over education.
Wayne is married with three grown children and resides in Smithers and