Fran has over 20 years experience in senior management and direct engagement working with Indigenous peoples. Her areas of expertise include Indigenous adult and post-secondary education and training. Fran was the inaugural Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. Fran is also an entrepreneur and currently owns a consulting business, Hunt-Jinnouchi Enterprises. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Adult Education and has completed the course work for a Doctorate in Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Leadership. Fran is passionate about social justice and has dedicated her life’s work to Indigenous community capacity development.
Brielyn Ramsey is of settler ancestry and was born and raised on Coast Salish territory. She has worked closely with the Executive Director since 2017 and has been instrumental in helping to grow the Society over the past few years. She is passionate about giving back to the community and strongly believes in the work and approach of the ACEH. Brie holds a Legal Office Certificate, Diploma in Office Management and BA in Justice Studies. In 2019 Brie transitioned into this new role from Executive Assistant to supporting the opening and on-going delivery of SpeqƏȠéutxʷ House, the culturally-supportive shelter, and the Indigenous Managed Alcohol Program.
Gloria Roze Hunt
Elder Mentor, Priority One Culturally Supportive Housing Project
Gloria Roze (Hunt) is the Daughter of the late Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief Thomas Hunt. Her mother is Emma, daughter of Dr. Billy, a Mowachaat Hereditary Chief of Friendly Cove. Aunty Glo resides in Victoria with her husband of 58 years and two grandchildren. Since December 2016, she has been working with the ACEH as their Cultural Elder. She feels fortunate to have been brought up in a family immersed with strong cultural roots, something she takes pride in sharing. She also acknowledges, with respect, that she is in the traditional land of our Coast Salish people. Aunty Glo provides cultural support for a broad range of ACEH programs and services. She will be the Elder Mentor for SPEQƎŊÉUTXʷ House.
Monique Huber, Monique is Coast Salish/Nuu-Chah-Nulth from Tsawout First Nation. Her parents are Doug Lafortune and Kathleen Horne. She has four beautiful children. Monique feels strongly about the importance of cultural connection and the positive impact it has on self esteem, sense of belonging and empowerment. Monique joined the ACEH team in 2018 as the Projects Coordinator, and in 2020 transitioned into the role of Indigenous Street Community Advocate.
Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) Born and raised in Khowutzun (the ‘Warm Land’) by a Coast Salish mother and Hawaiian lineage father, Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) received many teachings of his Coast Salish culture. Through spending many years with elders of his territory, Hwiemtun learned the cultural and spiritual traditions of his ancestors. During the last 30 years, he has journeyed around the world to explore and share ways of being with elders and healers of many indigenous tribes. Visiting tribes such as the Makushi, Wapashani, Shipibo, and Yanamamo of South America; the Kajikhastani and Hungarian tribes of eastern Europe; and the Humung, Tai Muang, (Thailand) Ainu (Japan) ,Jinibara of Australia just to name a few, Hwiemtun also visited the elder monks of India, Nepal and Lhasa, Tibet. His journeys were also spent travelling within North America connecting with the Lakota, Cree, Blackfoot, and many tribes within British Columbia. The journeys to date continue to the Mayan in Belize for the opening of the new Mayan Calendar 2012, and continues to travel to visit many tribes globally and teach about Indigenous culture in Europe.
Hwiemtun’s connection to the spirit world, passion for story-telling and love of sharing diverse traditions of indigenous knowledge, has made it possible for him to bridge many worlds. Through sharing the gifts of oral history, music and ceremony, Hwiemtun has become an intercultural teacher and guide, nurturing transformation among many. Spiritually, Hwiemtun is a sweat lodge keeper, following the Lakota teachings, and a follower of Buddhism and spent two years working with the Maitreya Project throughout North America and Asia. He believes that we are all related in one way or another and this helps in achieving knowledge once we learn this clearly. Cowichan Tribes chief has acknowledged him as the cultural ambassador for the Cowichan people.
Hwiemtun has devoted his life to creating partnerships internationally, nationally and locally with organizations, youth programs, treatment centers, spiritual groups and tribes. He conducts presentations, workshops and ceremonies on a regular basis to promote understanding of indigenous ways of knowing. He has built sweat lodges in Germany, Hungary, South America, West Indies, Caribbean, Asia, and through out Canada. There are many other things that could be said about Hwiemtun, however, they can only be expressed in person.
Nikki Wilkinson is of Métis and Settler ancestry and is grateful for every opportunity to connect with the communities living here on the territory of Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Her passion lies in being connected to Earth through growing food, land regeneration and focussing on food security and sovereignty for all. She graduated from the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma through Pacific Rim College in 2018 and now teaches growing skills through the school. She is so excited to be a part of the team and integrate her knowledge of plants, land care and food in every place she can.
Coreen Child carries the ancestral Kwak’wala name Yakawilas, ‘a place where property is given’. She is from the Kwakiutl (Kwagiulth) First Nation on northern Vancouver Island and is a descendant of many high-ranking Kwakiutl chiefs and families tracing her lineage back generations to the origin places of her ancestors. She currently lives with her partner Musgam’dzi and their three daughters in W̱SÁNEĆ territory near Victoria, BC.
She carries a diploma in Indigenous child and youth care, a diploma in language revitalization, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Kwak’wala language learning. She has served multiple and consecutive terms in service to her Nation as an elected counsellor and chief. Coreen continues to advocate for Indigenous communities and families serving on many boards and committees that include the Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women as Co-Chair. She has been a member of the BCAFN women’s council, First Nations Technology Council of BC, Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ All Chiefs Task Force on Children and Families, First Nations Education Council for School District 85, and the U’mista Cultural Society.
Coreen is committed to all aspects of advancing Indigenous rights and community advocacy; working in professional roles for Camosun College, University of Victoria, Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Kwakiutl Nation, Tsawout Nation and School District 85, Vancouver Island North. Yakawilas currently serves as the Executive Director to the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness in Victoria BC, and is the sole proprietor of her own business, Coreen Child Consulting. Coreen is renowned for her many gifts of traditional knowledge, dancing, singing and teaching, and continues to play an active role as a cultural leader and educator amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw communities.