OneFeather interviews Lani King, our newest electoral officer.
Q. Where are you from? Can you tell us about your First Nation?
I am proud Lax Kw’ alaams band member and a part of the 9 Allied Tsimshian Nation. I am from the Gitando Tribe, Gisbutwaada Clan and from the House of Gamiyaam. Our traditional territory is near the City of Prince Rupert. Lax Kw’alaams means “place of the wild roses”.
Q. What is your professional and educational background? How did you become involved with First Nations voting events?
Until 2011 I was employed at the Ministry of Children and Family Development (MCFD) as the Supervisor of Administration and managed the day-to-day activities of a multi-level disciplinary team.
After 20 years, I was compelled to become involved with Indigenous communities and return to my beliefs and teachings. My desire to support community led me to attend Simon Fraser University in 2012 to pursue a career as a Career Development Practitioner (CDP). I became self-employed and worked in various FN communities in BC which provided me with the sound knowledge of the Indigenous community and the services provided.
From 2015 to 2018 I became part of the Friendship Movement at the Victoria Native Friendship Centre (VNFC). As the Director of Career Education Employment Resources (CEER) I supervised and managed the Career Education and Employment department while working on different and innovative projects.
For most of 2019, I have been employed at Tsawout First Nation as acting Education Support Services Manager. This position allowed me to gain further insight on the difficulties that reserves are facing today in a challenging and ever-changing environment.
Q: What philosophy, interests and values guide your work?
My philosophy is to approach my work with commitment, resilience and perseverance. Having spent most of my life outside of my community, I have a keen interest in learning about my own culture, First Nation traditions and in supporting FN communities to thrive. My personal values that guide me in my work and life are authenticity, responsibility and the love of family.
Q: What professional goals do you hope to accomplish working with OneFeather?
As a OneFeather Electoral Officer, I am thrilled to be a part of the OneFeather vision.