Dean, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, Canada
John has been married for 24 years and is the father to two sons. He is a member of the Upper Nicola Indian Band in the Nicola Valley within the Okanagan Nation of south central British Columbia. He is a UBC Native Indian Teacher Education Program graduate and former Elementary School Principal and District Principal for First Nations Education. His teaching career began in 1994 and he transitioned to the post-secondary level in 2007. John has been involved in First Nations education at both the K-12 and Post-Secondary levels for his entire career.
As an academic, John’s interest lay in the socio-historical realities of Indigenous people in relation to the education system in this country. He believes that in order to achieve a balanced educational system for Indigenous people that we must first seek out the epistemologies from our stories as told from within the systems-based realities of Indigenous communities.