Indigenous Transitions Project Co-coordinators
For many years, Jana has had the privilege to learn and teach with talented educators in the Bulkley Valley School District, located on the unceded Witsuwit’en territory. She is a district teacher for SD54 Indigenous Education and a vice-principal at Silverthorne Elementary. Working alongside brilliant NOIIE leaders, Jana supports school and district teams throughout British Columbia as they engage in the Spiral of Inquiry seeking ways to improve outcomes for Indigenous learners in their settings.
Learning is a deeply-rooted passion for Jana, reinforced by the inspirational and creative educators she’s encountered along her learning journey, and by the wisdom of Indigenous knowledge holders and her Blackfoot ancestors. She is committed to the work that leads to quality and equitable environments that nurture the growth and well-being of all learners. Jana is always learning and strives to become a story weaver, gathering and sharing stories, and taking actions that contribute to positive transformations in the education system and the Indigenous community.
Lori is committed to uplifting Indigenous voices and passionate about Indigenous representation both professionally and personally. She cares deeply about Indigenous representation and reconciliation learning for all, and is actively involved in evaluating Indigenous literatures and resources for use in the K-12 public school system. She works with the Association of Book Publishers of BC Indigenous Books for Schools and the First Nations Education Steering Committee (FNESC) on authenticating First Peoples resources.
Lori has been involved in Indigenous education for over twenty years in roles spanning from support worker to teacher, to district staff and administration. In past years, she was the Truth and Reconciliation Administrator for our local School district and is now currently a Truth and Reconciliation Helping Teacher with the SD52 Indigenous Education Department, as well as a high school Vice Principal. Her personal and professional focus has been, and continues to be, action toward the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action in education and Truth and Reconciliation.