Board of Directors
Hugh Braker, Chair
Hugh Braker is a member of the Tseshaht First Nation, Nuu-Chah-Nulth Tribal Council (NTC). A lawyer, Hugh provides adjudication services and consulting to a variety of Aboriginal clients. Hugh’s interest in the justice system started when he was a child – at a time when Aboriginal people didn’t have the right to vote. He excelled in law school, moving directly into the thick of it as Director of Self-Government with the Assembly of First Nations. He was the first male Nuu Chah Nulth lawyer in the country and the first BC First Nations lawyer to be made a Queen’s Counsel (Q.C.). Hugh worked as staff lawyer for the NTC for almost 10 years litigating and negotiating fishing and hunting rights and Aboriginal child welfare. He opened his own practice in 1989 and has volunteered as president of the Native Courtworker and Counselling Association of BC for 20 years.
Liz Logan is a Dene woman from the Fort Nelson First Nation. Liz was educated in the health, business management and administration fields. Having worked extensively in these areas for over 25 years, she returned to her community in 1998. This varied background assists Liz in the many facets and challenges facing her people.
Liz is a descendent of Chief Jimmie Badine who signed the Fort Nelson First Nation adhesion to Treaty #8. She has continued in her ancestor’s path in her beliefs that the promises made in that Treaty are to be honoured, for the good of her people today, and for those yet to be born.
She is the former Chief of the Fort Nelson First Nation and served for six terms.
She served as the Tribal Chief of Treaty 8 Tribal Association for nine years, with delegated authority from the Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs, on matters related to negotiations with the Province of BC, some major projects proposed through Treaty 8 Territory, and meetings with senior government officials and industry representatives. In her role as Tribal Chief, she served as the political spokesperson, negotiator, chair and advisor to the Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs.
Liz’s hard work on behalf of her people was recognized by being nominated and winning the Aboriginal Woman of the Year Aurora Award of Distinction at the 2006 Northern Women’s Symposium. Several years ago she was profiled on the Aboriginal People’s Network television show called Venturing Forth. In December 2011, the Northern Rockies Aboriginal Women Society awarded Liz with the Most Dedicated Aboriginal Leader Award.
She was involved in many committees and served on many boards like the BCAFN Board of Directors as well as the Indian Resource Council/Indian Oil and Gas Canada.
In her spare time, Liz enjoys being with her family, reading, listening to music, and in the summer, gardening, fishing and exploring the country on her Harley Davidson motorcycle.
Mr. Louis has over 25 years of knowledge and experience, at various levels of the political spectrum. First, elected to Council in 1991, then designed as Chair of the Okanagan Nation Fisheries Commission in 1995 and as a title and rights advisor at the Tribal Council and Regional level, and political liaison designate with US based Tribal, Public and Private Utilities (Hydro-electric generation) and State and Federal Authorities. Over the course of his career he has served in various facets of political office involving Natural Resource Management, Economic Development, Public Works, Community planning, liaison and strategic development and negotiation with various levels of government and the private sector Mr. Louis continues to work extensively on First Nations social and economic issues and interests and currently serving his third term as Chief of the Okanagan Indian Band.
Mr. Miles G. Richardson is a citizen of the Haida Nation and Canada. He grew up among his people on Haida Gwaii, attended high school in Prince Rupert, BC, and in 1979 received a Bachelor of Arts in Economics from the University of Victoria. From 1984 to 1996, he served as President of the Council of Haida Nation.
Mr. Richardson was a member of the British Columbia Claims Task Force, which made recommendations to the Government of Canada, Government of British Columbia and First Nations in British Columbia on how the three parties could begin negotiations to build a new relationship and what negotiations should include.
From 1991 to 1993, Mr. Richardson was a member of the First Nations Summit Task Group, an executive body representing First Nations in British Columbia. In October 1995, Mr. Richardson was nominated by the Summit and appointed as a Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission. He was elected to a second term in April 1997. In November 1998, he was chosen as Chief Commissioner by agreement of Canada, BC and the First Nations Summit for a three-year term and was reappointed in November 2001.
In 2007, Mr. Richardson was named an Officer of the Order of Canada. Currently, he operates his own business advisory service and is also the Co-Chair of the IOG Indigenous Advisory Circle.
Terry Kuzma has over 25 years of experience in senior management roles in the forest sector, including being part of the ownership group of a western Canadian forest products producer and equipment manufacturing company. For 13 of those years he served on the board of Interex Forest Products Ltd., an international marketing company for wood products with offices in Vancouver and Tokyo. Currently he is the owner of Larix Solutions Ltd., a management consulting company working with Indigenous communities in their business-to-business and Nation-to-government negotiations.
Indigenous relations and community capacity-building have been major themes of Terry’s career. He served as a Board member for 4 different Indigenous Joint Venture forest companies throughout Western Canada. He is a board member of the New Relationship Trust, a role that he has held since 2007. Terry was appointed to the Prince George Airport Authority Board in May 2018, assisting in the guidance of a strategic regional asset.
Graduating from the University of Alberta in 1985 with a Bachelor of Science Forestry Degree, Terry has held a Registered Professional Forester designation in British Columbia since 1991. Terry has made his home in Lheidli T’enneh traditional territory (Prince George) for the last 28 years, where he raised a family of three children with his spouse Donita. Living in the North with four seasons fits well with his interests in hunting & fishing and enjoyment of a rural lifestyle.
Lana Plante, Project Officer
Lana Plante is a Nisga’a citizen from New Aiyansh and is of the Laxgibuu tribe. Her heritage is also of Cree, French and Irish. Before joining the NRT team she worked for 6 years at the UBC First Nations Legal Clinic as the Legal Assistant, where she was responsible for training UBC law students and helping Aboriginal people work out their legal matters.
Matt Cook-Contois, Partnerships & Marketing Manager
Matt Cook-Contois is a member of the Misipawistik Cree Nation which is located in Northern Manitoba. Matt has a Bachelor of Commerce (Honours) degree with a double major in Entrepreneurship and Human Resource Management from the Asper School of Business.
Matt’s primary goal is to improve the lives and outcomes of Indigenous people everywhere to foster in an era of unprecedented health and happiness. He believes that education is an integral key to achieve this goal and dedicates his time to assisting others in reaching their dreams.
Matt will continue to utilize his education and focus to identify new opportunities for Indigenous students, thereby contributing to the continued growth of the New Relationship Trust Foundation.
Marie Alaimo, Senior Project Officer
Marie Alaimo graduated from the University of Victoria in 2012, with a Major in Psychology. She joined the NRT team in 2018 and is in charge of overseeing the Direct Support Initiative, Scholarship Initiative, Young Entrepreneurship Symposium, and NRTF Golf Tournament.
Prior to working at NRT, Marie worked for the B.C. Government where she gained a array of skills working in various departments, including: Corporate Planning, Communications, Research and the Health and Finance Ministers’ Offices.
She looks forward to utilizing her skills and expertise to help build a strong future for First Nation’s people in Canada.
Kim Brazil, Chief Financial Officer, CPA, CGA
Kim is the Financial Officer of New Relationship Trust and is responsible for overseeing all financial related activities. She joined the NRT team in 2010.
Kim has over 25 years of experience in accounting and finance, and has held senior financial positions with not-for-profit and First Nations organizations. Her expertise lies in her ability to establish solid internal controls, and continually evaluate/modify the accounting systems to ensure efficiency and accountability.
Kim is a Chartered Professional Accountant (CPA), qualifying as a Certified General Accountant (CGA) in 1994.
Cole Sayers, BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) Coordinator
Cole Sayers is from the Hupacasath First Nation, one of the Nuu-Chah-Nulth Nations on the West Coast of Vancouver Island. Cole studied Political Science and Indigenous Studies at the University of Victoria while working for, and with, Indigenous students in creating safe, supportive spaces and services that contributed to student success and well-being. In September 2017, he completed the 12 month Aboriginal Youth Internship Program (AYIP) before joining the NRT team as the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiatives (BCICEI) Coordinator. Cole is grateful to have the opportunity work with First Nations in advancing their clean energy projects.
Selina Beltran, BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) Jr. Project Officer and NRT Administrative Assistant
Selina Beltran is from Tsleil-Waututh nation and has recently graduated from the University of Victoria with a major in Gender Studies. Selina works with Cole Sayers on the BC Indigenous Clean Energy Initiative (BCICEI) in addition to the general administration work. Selina is also on the board of directors for two small organizations, the Vancouver Island Public Interest Research Group (VIPIRG) and the Support Network for Indigenous Women and Women Of Colour (SNIWWOC). VIPIRG is a non-profit organization dedicated to community-based research, education, and advocacy. SNIWWOC is a non-profit organization that focuses on reproductive justice and the empowerment of women in Victoria and Vancouver.
Ashlee Dehart, Executive Coordinator
Ashlee is the Executive Coordinator at NRT and oversees the Youth Initiative, Youth Language Revitalization Initiative and assists the Board of Directors.
Ashlee is from Haida Gwaii, and belongs to the Ts’aahl clan. Her Haida name is K’ulgaay.yugwang Jaad. She strongly believes in NRT’s values, mission & vision, and assisting BC First Nations.
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Gloria Morgan (Yaw Yawt all Xa Xa7 t’e Boonllp)
Chief Stewart Phillip
George Saddleman (XweeTa?)