North West

Indigenous Council 

Serving Off-Reserve First Nations, Inuit, & MÉTIS Peoples 

The Northwest Indigenous Council (NWIC) is a provincial advocacy organization that acts on behalf of BC’s urban and off-reserve Indigenous peoples to help organize, protect and facilitate their voice, place, and inherent rights to prosper in the areas of social, economic, educational, cultural, health and personal well being.

Did you know?

Percent of First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples in BC live off-reserve

Estimated population growth of Indigenous people by 2036

About Our Organization

NWIC looks to connect to the process of self –determination and Indigenous Nation building and works with Indigenous Nations by respecting the territories in which they live.

NWIC uses the Social Determinants of Health lens as we seek systems change from segregated silos and a competitive relationship model and supports a placed based model of working in partnership with neighborhood organizations to provide affective and relevant services to Indigenous citizens living off–reserve.

We Have the Power to Impact Our Future, and We’re Doing Something About It

Our Board

NWIC’s membership is structured using a regional representative system based on the BC First Nations Health Authority regions: Interior, Fraser, Vancouver Coastal, Vancouver Island, and Northern. We aim to have proportionate representation overall for the province and this is reflected by the composition of the Board of Directors

Cheryl Brooks

Sto:lo Nation

INTERIM PRESIDENT

PIROSKA POTORNAYl

Haida Gwaii and Nisga’a Nations

INTERIM VICE PRESIDENT

Stephen Cain

Métis Nation

DIRECTOR – AT LARGE

Brock Endean

Métis 

TREASURER

JO-ANNE RoSS

Haisla

DIRECTOR – NORTH

Piroska Potornay

Haida Gwaii and Nisga’a Nations

DIRECTOR – NORTH

Keith Cameron

Coast Salish

DIRECTOR – FRASER

Chris Beaton

Mohawk First Nation

DIRECTOR – VANCOUVER ISLAND

Matthew Morin

 

DIRECTOR – VANCOUVER COASTAL

VACANT

 

DIRECTOR – INTERIOR

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WHY YOU

SHOULD JOIN

NWIC is an organization where you can work alongside other urban and rural Indigenous peoples to ensure you have a legitimized voice and a place at the table to ensure your rights and aspirations are brought to important discussion in your neighborhoods, cities, villages and the evolving Nation to Nation discourse.

NWIC’s governance includes an Annual General Meeting that takes place typically in February where all are welcome.

As a new organization NWIC has a volunteer working board and currently has no operational funding. The Board of Directors is elected by, and accountable to, the organization’s membership.

NWIC hosts monthly Board of Director meetings to identify priorities and develop a strategy moving forward on numerous key issues impacting the people NWIC seeks to advocate for.

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