MNBC board BIOGRAPHIES
Guiding our communities and Nation Your MNBC leadership
Vice PresidentLissa DAWN Smith, BSW
Minister of Digital Government, minister of Justice, and minister of Métis Rights
Lissa Dawn Smith currently serves as MNBC Vice President, Minister for Métis Rights, Justice and Digital Government, and as the Senate Liaison for the Cabinet. She has previously served as Minister of Children and Families and Minister of Health.
Smith holds a Bachelor of Social Work with an Indigenous specialization from the University of Victoria and a Human Service Diploma from Vancouver Island University. She developed an understanding of the complexities of intergenerational trauma after working as a social worker in First Nations communities. Smith worked for the BC Ministry of Human Resources and as alternate director for emergency social services for the City of Parksville.
Smith exercises her passion for governance and justice by siting on numerous boards and committees. In 2010, her dedication to the Aboriginal community was recognized when she was awarded the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal for her work with Aboriginal veterans.
As a mother, grandmother and great grandmother, Smith takes pride in her Métis family and heritage.
Métis Women BC Chair DR. KATE ELLIOTT
minister of women and gender equity and minister of mental health and addictions
Dr. Kate Elliott is the elected Chairperson for the Métis Women of BC. She holds the portfolios for Women and Gender Equity and Mental Health and Addictions. Dr. Elliott was previously the Chairperson for the Métis Youth of BC provincial council and Minister for Sport.
Dr. Elliott has a degree in nursing from the University of Victoria and a Master’s in Public Health and Social Policy. Dr. Elliott completed her undergraduate medical training at the University of Saskatchewan with a Graduate Certificate in Global Health. Currently, she is finishing her postgraduate medical training in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program at the University of British Columbia.
Dr. Elliott’s longstanding community involvement began as a community youth representative. During this role, she obtained funding and delivered and reported on youth programming in Greater Victoria. She was involved in the 4R’s youth movement and represented Métis Nation at the Vancouver 2010 Winter Games. Dr. Elliot is an active beader and moccasin maker and hopes to continue practicing medicine on Vancouver Island.
Métis Youth BC Chair Shaughn Davoren
minister of youth
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.
R1 Regional Director Patrick Harriott
Minister of Citizenship and Community Services and Minister of Culture, Heritage and Language
Patrick Harriott is currently Region 1 Regional Director, the Minister of Citizenship and Community Services and Culture, Language and Heritage, and MNBC Treasurer.
Harriott spent most of his childhood in Manitoba where he frequently hunted and picked chokecherries with his grandfather on their family’s Métis scrip lands. He moved to Victoria where his life-long love of plants and connection with nature lead to training in horticulture, after which he founded a landscaping and gardening company.
A love of Métis culture and community drew him to volunteer his time with Métis Nation Greater Victoria. He spent nine years on the Board of Directors, including four as President. Harriott helped organize two consecutive Métis rendezvous on Vancouver Island and create a Michif language program in Victoria.
R2 Regional Director Louis de Jaeger, mba
Minister of Economic Development and Natural Resources
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.
R3 Regional DirectorDEAN GLADUE
Minister Employment and Skills Training, Minister of Sport and Minister of Veterans Affairs
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.
R4 Regional Director DEBRA FISHER
Minister of Children and Families
Debra Fisher is the Region 4 Director for MNBC and Minister of Children and Families. Fisher is also the Past President of the Columbia Valley Métis Chartered Community, where she served three terms. Fisher is a proud and respected Métis woman, elder, educator, leader and advocate who hosted her first Métis meeting around her kitchen table 40 years ago. Her previous work includes partnering with the Rocky Mountain School District to review and improve Aboriginal representation and education, organizing traditional arts and culture workshops, collaborating with the Shared Ministries of the Columbia Valley on a reconciliation project, and coordinating a food program for those impacted by COVID-19.
Fisher has advocated extensively in the area of education, collaborating on and delivering numerous programs including the Aboriginal Education Support Program, which helped raise Indigenous graduation rates by 70 percent. Fisher is also an entrepreneur, owning and operating Red Feather, a private Indigenous consulting company.
R5 Regional DirectorRaynie Gervais
minister of elders
Raynie Gervais is the elected Region 5 Director for the Métis Nation British Columbia in his second term. Gervais comes from a grassroots Métis family from Meadow Lake, Saskatchewan, later moving to Prince George in 1964 where he still lives today.
From 2016-2020, Gervais held the Ministry of History, Language, and Culture for MNBC and sat on the national-level Michif Language Working Group on behalf of MNBC.
Gervais is now the Minister of Elders, using the cultural attributes and training gained during his previous term. He brings knowledge in the areas of economic development gained through a Degree in Economic Development and Diploma in Entrepreneurial Business.
To round out Gervais’s role as Region 5 Director and Cabinet Minister, he also sits on four MNBC committees: The Awards and Recognition Committee, Social and Community Services Committee, Youth and Engagement Committee and the Emergency and Response Committee.
R6 Regional Director Susie Hooper
Minister of Environmental Protection and Minister of Post-Secondary Education
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.
R7 Regional DirectorPaulette Flamond
Minister of Health
Paulette Flamond is MNBC’s current Minister of Health and Region 7 Director representing the Northeast. Flamond has post-secondary training in Native Communications from Grant MacEwan College and an Aboriginal Management Certification from UBC’s Sauder School of Business. In 2013, she received an Honorary Associate Arts Degree from Northern Lights College and is a graduate of two life coaching programs.
Flamonds’s dedication to advocacy for entrepreneurial and capacity development of Metis, Inuit and First Nations is demonstrated by her 18-year term as Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for ICBC and Indigenous Tourism BC. Flamond has also served on provincial and federal boards for the last 30 years, including Minister Mary Polak’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women from 2011 to 2019.
Flamond has been honored with many awards for her advocacy work including Aboriginal Woman of the Year from Community Futures and, most recently, the BC Achievement Foundation Award of Distinction for her endeavors to elevate Indigenous business in BC.
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