Environment Advisory Committee
Leona has a technical diploma in Recreation, Fish & Wildlife Studies, a B.Sc. in Biology, and a Masters in Natural Resources and Environmental Studies (MNRES). She brings an experienced background in research and policy development as well as relationship building amongst diverse stakeholders. She is also passionate about advocating for mental health awareness and sits on the Board of Directors for the Canadian Mental Health Association, CMHA (Vancouver-Fraser branch). She believes that there is a connections between the land and mental health and wellbeing and that everyone should have access to the outdoors. When not working, you will find her outside in nature playing on stunning trails in the local mountains and forests. She is always looking for new landscapes to explore, photograph, and share with others.
Shaughn Davoren is the newly elected Provincial Youth Chair and Minister of Youth for MNBC. He is currently completing a Bachelor of Science in Nursing at the University of British Columbia – Okanagan. Prior to election to MNBC in 2020, Davoren was the Regional Youth Representative for the Thompson/Okanagan (Region 3) for seven years. At only 23 years old, he is the youngest minister, growing up within the Métis Nation. His passions include advocating for Aboriginal languages and mental health, particularly among men. Davoren’s goal for his term as MNBC Youth Chair and Minister is to ensure opportunities to elevate the voices of Métis Youth marginalized because of race, sexual orientation, or gender. He hopes to support the creation of an inter-connected Metis Nation by increasing engagement and knowledge of MNBC among Métis Youth. Davoren welcomes all opportunities to connect with youth and all Métis to collaborating to further the success of MNBC in the future.
Susie Hooper started her journey with Métis Nation British Columbia in 2008 when she was elected as the Northwest Regional Women’s Representative. Hooper ran and was elected as the Regional Director for Region 6 Northwest, serving from 2012-2020, and was re-appointed to serve the Northwest Region in MNBC’s 2020 election. Hooper believes Métis Nation has a bright future and will continue to grow and advance forward with hard work, dedication, collaboration and communication. Hooper now serves as Minister of Environmental Protection and Minister of Post-Secondary Education.
Hooper is eager to be learning more about Métis heritage and culture. She feels honoured to be a mother, sister, aunty, daughter and grandmother to three beautiful grandchildren. Hooper recently retired from the Bulkley Valley School District where she worked with at-risk youth in an alternate school setting for the last 31 years. Now that she is retired, Hooper is looking forward to dedicating even more time to her work with Métis Nation B.C.
Sarah has been an MNBC staff member for two and a half years. She began working with the Ministry of Youth where she led the MY Eco Action group, a stewardship volunteer program for Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. She now works with the Environmental Protection Ministry as an Environmental Coordinator. Sarah has a background in Sociology, Social Research and Communications and has spent many years working within the Social Service field, where she fostered her passion for community engagement.
Sarah is passionate about sustainability and conservation. She lives in the Fraser Valley, where she volunteers with local environmental organizations to promote stewardship. Sarah strives to be a voice for those without a voice and continues to grow as an ally for the Nation.
Louis De Jaeger is a former restaurant owner who currently combines teaching at the University of the Fraser Valley as a professor of First Nations Studies with his work as Minister of Economic Development and Natural Resources for MNBC.
De Jaeger has a Master’s in Business and Aboriginal Leadership from Simon Fraser University and a certificate in Indigenous Governance from the University of Arizona’s Native Nations Institute. He currently serves on University of the Fraser Valley Committee on Indigenization, on the board of directors for Stó:lō Community Futures, as director for the Métis Capital Corporation of B.C. and as part of the Chilliwack Healthier Community initiative.
Previously, De Jaegar held positions as co-founder and president of the Stó:lō Business Association and on the Chilliwack Business Improvement board. He has also been involved in politics, running for Chilliwack City Council in 2018 and as Federal Liberal Candidate for Chilliwack-Hope in 2015. He is a recipient of RBC’s Entrepreneur Scholarship Award for business and holds certifications in Indigenous Historical Impact and Economic Development.
Dean L. Gladue is MNBC’s Region 3 Director, Minister of Employment & Skills Training, Minister of Sport and Minister of Veterans Affairs. He retired from the Royal Canadian Mounted Police in 2015 after 26 years, where he worked with numerous Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities across Canada. Minister Gladue represented the RCMP on the team responsible for bringing the Drug and Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) program to B.C. He was also an integral part of the National Aboriginal Shield Program development process. Minister Gladue is a skilled community developer, strategic thinker, expert team builder and a persuasive negotiator, seasoned in conflict mitigation and resolution. He is part-owner and vice president of a resource management company and does contract work for a law firm as the Indigenous Liaison Manager.
Minister Gladue sits on MNBC’s Environment, Business Advisory, Youth Engagement and Emergency Response committees and volunteers his time to various local groups within his community. He is a passionate Metis citizen and takes great pride in serving his people at the grassroots level.
Marina Best is a Métis citizen dedicated to the resurgence of Indigenous knowledge systems and their inclusion in conservation planning and policy processes. Marina’s career is focused on advancing and supporting the conservation and protection of Canada’s natural heritage through the operationalization of Indigenous-led conservation, Indigenous stewardship in conservation, and Indigenous knowledge systems that support conservation. Through her life and work, she has developed expertise in Indigenous engagement and stewardship and has worked with First Nations, Métis, and Inuit groups to strengthen Indigenous involvement, facilitate connectedness, and build on-land learning opportunities. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science, a MSc and a MA in European Studies, where as an Indigenous woman, she reflected on the dichotomy of Indigenous and European ways of knowing.
Born and raised in Southern BC.
Attended BCIT 1970-1972
Worked as a forestry supervisor for 27 years, retired in 2006
Developed and operated the Little Dipper Campground for 29 years
Managed a government woodlot (WL # 411) for 34 years (still active on it)
Have proven that we can operate in the forest while maintaining habitat for species at risk (Williamsons Sap Sucker)
Hosted many forestry tours on Woodlot # 411, including Forest Ministers, senior government officials, Regional district reps, school groups, and the general public
Alternate director for the local regional district representative
Sat on the Regional District Advisory Planning board for 23 years
Sat on board of directors for the Federation of BC Woodlots for 10 years
President of the local Boundary Woodlot Association for 10 years
Received the Forest Ministers “award of excellence” for the Southern Interior
Very passionate about managing our natural resources to a higher degree than we see today
Nathan is currently on secondment to the Nature Conservancy of Canada as a senior advisor on Indigenous relations, helping to lead the organization’s efforts to improve how it engages with Indigenous People. His substantive position is with Parks Canada where he has been working for the past 15 years, most recently as the manager of resource conservation at Gulf Islands National Park Reserve, and has led a variety of innovative and award-winning projects regarding conservation and restoration. Nathan also works with the Committee on the Status of Endangered Wildlife in Canada (COSEWIC) and currently sits on the Management Committee for Nááts’įhch’oh National Park Reserve to support the rights of Sahtu Dene and Metis. Through these different opportunities, Nathan has had the opportunity to collaborate with First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people from coast to coast to coast, and at national, regional, and local levels, and focuses much of his efforts to help organizations advance their abilities to properly respect and support Indigenous People’s efforts to conserve and steward their homelands. He holds a BSc in Environmental Science from UBC and a Masters in Environmental Studies from Dalhousie University. Nathan currently resides on Salt Spring Island in the traditional territory of the Hul’q’umi’num and WSANEC People with his family.
I grew up on Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. My Métis side of the family is from northern Alberta in the Slave Lake and Athabasca Region. Being Métis has always been a part of my identity and I continue to navigate and discover what being Métis means to me. Over the past decade, I have been on a journey of self-discovery. Part of this journey has been connecting my values, family teachings, and experiences through learning about Métis history and my family’s history and seeking out opportunities to be involved with the Métis community in Victoria. Being a citizen representative in the Environment Advisory Committee would enable me to further explore my personal Métis journey while participating in community initiatives I am passionate about.
I am currently employed at an Indigenous owned consulting firm, Two Worlds Consulting, specializing in marine planning. I have achieved a Bachelor of Science in Global Resource Systems and a graduate degree in Marine Management, in which I focused on marine planning initiatives (e.g., marine protected areas), Indigenous consultation, and the incorporation of Indigenous Knowledge within marine planning processes. I have experience in resource management policy analysis, participating in ecological research, conducting public outreach and environmental education, and collaborating with Indigenous Nations, stakeholders, and other government bodies. I have a keen interest in environmental policy, environmental stewardship, and community engagement. I believe in community-led and holistic approaches to conservation where social-ecological systems are considered interconnected. I value honesty, respect, reciprocity, open-mindedness, and collaboration. I aim to integrate these principles in my work and relationships and am passionate about finding ways to improve natural resource governance in a way that respects Indigenous rights, laws, and knowledge.
Jason is a final year law student at the University of Saskatchewan. He currently works for a large national firm in Calgary. Upon graduation, he will be completing a Judicial Clerkship at the Court of Appeal for Saskatchewan, after which he plans to rejoin the firm in Calgary where he intends to focus on litigation in the areas of Environmental, Regulatory, and Aboriginal Law.
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