Newest member of our Alliance board of directors is Heather Nooski, an elected councillor of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation.
While not directly involved in the nation’s LNG strategy as such, she puts a key personal priority on protecting her peoples’ environment, and that’s always a factor in the nation’s approach to LNG and resource development.
“I am here to learn and do the work for and with my people. It’s so important as our people go berry-picking, hunting, trapping, and fishing in Wet’suwet’en territory. There’s medicine on the land, and that’s what I find very important about the land itself.”
Her interim portfolios include: education, youth, health, social and communications.
She sees LNG-related revenue as helping the Wet’suwet’en deliver its tactical pillars: health, education, housing, language, and governance.
She naturally has a strong interest in health and education, given that she has spent 12 years in central Alberta, as a teacher’s aide and community health worker for the Maskwacis region and its four First Nations.
“I want to bring my 10-year-old son Beckett back to my homelands. He’s grown up in Alberta his whole life. He knows his Cree traditions and culture. I want him to grow up with my family and learn our Wet’suwet’en traditions, culture and language.
“I am excited to see what the future holds for our children and their children.”