Chief Dr. Robert Joseph, O.B.C., O.C.
Chief Joseph is currently the Ambassador for Reconciliation Canada and a member of the National Assembly of First Nations Elders Council. He was formerly the Executive Director of the Indian Residential School Survivors Society and is an honourary witness to Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC). As Chairman of the Native American Leadership Alliance for Peace and Reconciliation and Ambassador for Peace and Reconciliation with the Interreligious and International Federation for World Peace (IFWP), Chief Joseph has sat with the leaders of South Africa, Israel, Japan, South Korea, Mongolia and Washington, DC to learn from and share his understanding of faith, hope, healing and reconciliation. Click here
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Chief Executive Officer
Karen Joseph is a Musgamagw Dzawada’enuxw social change maker who brings more than 25 years’ experience inspiring diverse partners to collaborate on transformative initiatives. Karen co-founded Reconciliation Canada in 2012 to uphold a dream held by her father to witness thousands of people walking together in support of Indian Residential School survivors and Canada’s Truth and Reconciliation Commission. In September 2013, the Walk for Reconciliation brought 50,000 people to the streets of downtown Vancouver to display their commitment to revitalizing the relationships among Indigenous peoples and all Canadians. Since then, she has championed 100’s of gatherings with a diversity of leaders to advance individual, organizational and societal reconciliation. She is a Fellow of the Academy of Systems Change and a graduate of the Getting to Maybe: Social Innovation Residency. In 2017, Karen was recognized by BC Business Magazine as one of the Top BC Women of Influence and was recently awarded Canada’s Meritorious Service Medal (Civil Division) to recognize her contributions to Canada’s reconciliation movement.
Rebecca Clapperton Law
Chief Operating Officer
Rebecca Clapperton Law is an established leader in the association, crown agency and community sectors. As a Certified Association Executive, her Executive Director roles have included the Family Services of Greater Vancouver Foundation, Volunteer Connections and at the Vancouver Board of Trade. She has held a variety of senior leadership roles with BC Hydro with responsibilities in diversity & inclusion, Indigenous relations, communications, engagement and learning. Her focus is on building strong teams with healthy organizational cultures and developing leadership in our communities across the country through enhancing relationships, integrating multi-sector interests and encouraging the activation of voices of underrepresented groups. Rebecca has a longstanding commitment to not-for-profit board governance and has served as volunteer director and executive on multiple community Boards including S.U.C.C.E.S.S., Minerva Foundation of BC, Leadership Vancouver, Mount Pleasant Family Centre, Canadian Club and as Regional Chair of the BC Committee for the 2015 Governor General’s Canadian Leadership Conference. Rebecca lives in Vancouver and enjoys West Coast living with her husband and three children.
Elaine Kinequon is a proud member of the Day Star First Nation in Saskatchewan and has made her home in Vancouver for the past sixteen years. She comes to Reconciliation Canada with more than twenty years of office, administrative and management experience. She received her Bachelor of Arts degree from the First Nations University of Canada and attended the Indian Communication Arts Program. She is a strong believer in her cultural roots and has the greatest respect for all modalities of holistic healing. She is honoured to be a part of the Reconciliation Canada team and strongly believes that reconciliation begins with us, as individuals, and our families and eventually to the community around us.
Chief Strategy Officer
Michelle comes to the team with a background in non-profit management, marketing and communications and a passion for intercultural relations. Combining her education in business, entrepreneurship, and arts with the desire to make a positive difference in the lives of others, she spent the last ten years of her life to working with non-profit organizations and volunteering internationally. Her travels abroad and graduate studies in intercultural communications has fuelled her desire to embark on the journey of reconciliation with the rest of the Reconciliation Canada team.
Director of Program Development
Charlene Seward is a proud member of the Squamish Nation. She is honored to join the Reconciliation Canada team, and brings almost a decade of experience working and volunteering with local non-profit organizations and small businesses. She is wholly dedicated to First Nations rights, reconciliation, and food sovereignty.
Director of Community Engagement
Patricia’s Traditional and Ancestral Land is the Blood Tribe, Kainai First Nations of the Blackfoot Territory located in Southern Alberta. She has been a guest on the Traditional Coast Salish Territories of the Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh First Nations for many years. Patricia has worked in different capacities as a service provider within the First Nations Community. She is dedicated to the important and ongoing work in the process of reconciliation and is honoured to do the good work collectively with the Reconciliation Canada team.
Public Outreach Lead and Cultural Advisor
Shelley Joseph (Hekwa’gila’owgwa) brings almost 30 years of experience paired with education in the spiritual, physical, mental and emotional well-being of families and communities. She is passionate about supporting people in taking an active role in their healing and growth, utilizing a holistic, community-based approach to well-being. Shelley has always followed traditional teachings through a lifetime of learning from elders and cultural leaders. In alignment with Reconciliation Canada’s goal of creating a better tomorrow for our children, Shelley lives by Kwakwaka’wakw law: “If not for our children, what would our purpose be?” Shelley is excited to continue to move Reconciliation Canada’s work forward and be a part of her father’s legacy.
Public Outreach Lead and Cultural Advisor
Tim was born and raised in a small community called Spaxomin (Upper Nicola), east of Merritt, B.C. He carries the traditional Sylix name of N’petkwulax, which means “nailed to the earth.” Tim’s paternal lineage come from a hereditary chieftainship that can be traced back 9 generations. He was raised in the strong culture and traditions of the Syilx and Nlakampux people of the interior of BC. He was a cultural resource teacher in the Merritt School District for 5 years, and has served on band council for 5 years and as chief of his community for another 5 years. He is very honored to be a part of the team at Reconciliation Canada to continue to foster transformation for our greatest resource: our children.
Partnerships and Marketing Manager
Justine joins the Reconciliation Canada team with a background in not-for-profit communications, marketing, public relations and journalism. She holds a Bachelors Degree in Communication Studies from the University of Calgary and a diploma in Journalism from the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. Justine is passionate about helping individuals and groups convey their stories in meaningful ways to encourage open dialogue, new perspectives and positive action. She is honoured to be a part of Reconciliation Canada, where she has the opportunity to make a positive contribution to the reconciliation movement alongside an inspiring and energetic team.
Fanny is a chartered accountant with over 20 years of experience. Prior to joining the Reconciliation Canada team, she worked at as an audit manager working with a variety of clients, including many non-profit organizations. Outside of her work with Reconciliation Canada, Fanny enjoys spending quality time with her family, and volunteering her time and skills to different organizations in need.
Dashae Geddes is a proud member of the George Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and has lived in Vancouver for many years. Prior to joining Reconciliation Canada, Dashae worked in the service industry in many capacities and was previously in a supervisory role. She is a firm believer in what hard work and a positive attitude can accomplish. Dashae is honoured to be a part of the Reconciliation Canada team to help in any way she can to advance reconciliation. She is especially passionate about initiatives that support and empower Indigenous youth across the country. Alongside her work at Reconciliation Canada, Dashae is attending Event Management classes and intends to apply her learnings to support the planning of impactful events for the organization.
Public Outreach Lead
Farrell Joseph (Traditional given name: Gayusdas) is a proud member of the Kwakwaka’wakw people. For the past 10 plus years Farrell has served in a supervisory position in a mid-size development company and has been implementing policies and procedures that are congruent with provincial regulations and laws. Farrell is passionate about the environment and humanity as a collective whole. He holds diploma’s in Natural Resource, Fish and Wildlife Management and Forestry as well as several other certifications in safety management. Farrell is an intergenerational survivor of the Indian Residential Schools and is fluent in its harmful impacts. His personal values have 4 core pillars that consist of love, strength, faith and perseverance which are in direct alignment with what he feels will compliment his work with the Reconciliation Canada team.
Community Engagement and Outreach Coordinator
Kiran is a recent graduate of UBC with a Bachelor of Science and will be returning in September 2018 to start her nursing degree. She has been working and volunteering with diverse communities for over eight years and is passionate about building understanding and empathy through open dialogue. She is excited to use her past experiences to contribute to the work of Reconciliation Canada.