Join us for Part II of an exciting series on the topic of Indigenous Health Leadership! We continue this series on Tuesday, April 18, 2017 with Leslie Varley, Executive Director of the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres.
About the Presenter:
As is the Executive Director of BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres, she and her team focus on supporting the 25 member centers providing front line services to Indigenous people. Previously Leslie held the Indigenous health portfolio at Provincial Health Services Authority where she led the San’yas Indigenous Cultural Safety Training, a facilitated, online decolonizing anti-racism training program offered to the health, social and justice sectors in three Canadian provinces. Leslie’s community work has focused on ending violence against women and girls. As an Indigenous advocate she has had roles in both provincial and federal governments, and within and for Indigenous community. A member of the Killer Whale house of the Nisga’a Nation, Leslie holds the name T’en De-entkwill Allugigat, meaning “One who leads Indigenous people” She has a Master’s in Business Administration from Simon Fraser University, and resides in beautiful Lekwungen territory in Victoria, BC.
Key Speaking Points:
In this Learning Circle series, we will learn from the individual journeys of distinguished leaders in Indigenous Health. Presenters may cover topics such as:
- Maintaining work-life balance
- Navigating mainstream systems as an Indigenous professional
- Shaping policy from within the system
- Networking and relationship building
- Team building
- Career advancement and professional development
- Working with communities
Everyone welcome to participate:
Registration is now Closed
- BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres
- Vancouver Sun “Aboriginal-focused MBA links western business ideas with First Nations perspectives” (June 6, 2015)
- SFU’s Indigenous Speakers Series: Leslie Varley speaks on Indigenous Cultural Competency Training (February 5, 2013)
- CBC 8th Fire – Profile: Leslie Varley
- CBC 8th Fire – Dispatch: Nisga’a Grieving Ceremony
- Financial Times “The Canadian aboriginal EMBA that goes beyond tradition“
The Challenge of Indigenous Leadership:
- Leslie’s article published in the journal Challenging Organizations and Society:
– “The Challenge of Indigenous Leadership within Mainstream Organizations“
DISCLAIMER: Due to the sensitive subject matter and stories shared during the UBC Learning Circle sessions participants may become triggered. Please ensure you have prepared a support system for yourself in advance in which you may have easy access to. This could mean an Elder, trusted mentor/family/friend, Counsellor and/or crisis contact number.
Please contact the 24 Hour KUU-US Crisis Line at 1-800-588-8717 if you require emotional support. KUU-US services are for First Nations, by First Nations – all crisis response personnel are certified and trained in Indigenous cultural safety. Or call the BC Crises Centre at 1-800-SUICIDE (1-800-784-2433)..