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Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation

I have been the Economic Development Officer at Sq’ewá:lwx First Nation since October of 2013.  I have been hired to determine how Sq’ewá:lxw First Nation can generate revenue in a sustainable ways that respect traditional ways of living.

My duties include, but are not limited to:

  • Managing the Ruby Creek Art Gallery
  • Managing the Conference Space Rentals
  • Managing the You’ve Been Framed shop
  • Writing Proposals
  • Managing Budgets
  • Coordinating Advertising
  • Designing Ad Media
  • Hosting Events
  • Project Management

Stó:lō Service Agency

I have served in the Stó:lō Service Agency Board of Directors since August of 2016.  The SSA Board is a non-political oversight body working on behalf of the Stó:lō Nation Chiefs Council (SNCC). It is committed to providing a leadership role to ensure First Nation clients are receiving high-quality services from the agency. To achieve its objectives, the Board works closely with governments and provincial organizations and a wide range of interested stakeholders, including the SNCC First Nations.

I had the pleasure of working with Mike at Saturn of Regina. His customer Satisfaction level was always high. He had a genuine interest in his clients. He is a fast learner and a product specialist. Mike was always motivated to learn and grow in his career. He also achieved Top Performer recognitions on several occasions. Mike would be a great asset to any company or organization.

Danilo ZambuchiniBusiness Development Manager

Mike provided recommendations to SFU Career Services regarding ways in which we can offer meaningfully Career programs to our Indigenous community on campus. He shared his story in writing through blogs and as the Master of Ceremonies at our Indigenous Peoples Career Stories 2012 to help us understand what we needed to learn. Working with Mike has been educational and completely enjoyable.

Jo-Anne NadortCareer Educator

Mike has demonstrated a commitment to excellence in his work and a creativity that has helped us be a better organization. Mike walks the talk, a quality that is increasingly harder to find these days. Mike is a fine teammate who always is up for a challenge.

Chris Wong-MoonOperations Manager

Mike is a very CREATIVE, skilled, experienced and knowledgeable marketing professional. He knows his role and incorporates all levels of media and marketing tools, including social media, to accomplish his task. A very responsible, on-time & on-budget, family-oriented individual, Mike wears his heart on his sleeve and calls it exactly how he sees it. I would recommend Mike to any organization without hesitation.

Dean DalyPartner/GM

Syéx̱w Chó:leqw

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Syéx̱w Chó:leqw Adventure Park

I am very proud to announce that we have completed phase #1 of the Syéx̱w Chó:leqw Adventure Park.

The grand opening ceremony will be held on September 14th at 11AM.

Phase #2 of construction begins in October!

Adventures in Podcasting

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Adventures in Podcasting

I have been listening to podcasts for 4 years now.  My commute from Maple Ridge to Ruby Creek is 70 minutes each way, so I have a lot of time to listen to audio in the car and, as much as I love her, even Taylor Swift starts to get stale after a few years on repeat.

My podcast obsession started with Serial, a true crime story about a young man in prison when there is substantial doubt about whether he is the murderer or not.  The podcast was an amazing display of storytelling, the narrator drew me in and I simply could not wait to get back into the vehicle to listen to the next episode.  Good podcasts are like that, they are addictive.

Some of my current favourites are:

So here I am 4 years later and I thought I would try to make a podcast, as a hobby.  One of the first things that you need to decide when setting out to create a podcast is what it is that you will talk about.  I don’t have much expertise in anything, aside from being devilishly handsome and charming, so it took some time to figure out what my podcast should be about.  I have finally decided that I will talk about my job.  Economic Development in First Nations communities.  This will be a great way to connect with the members of the community that I work for and it will expand my network in the field by allowing me to interview successful Economic Development Officers, Consultants, Chief and Council members and grassroots Entrepreneurs.

So I am going to give it a go.  This is the first ever episode of Ruby Creek Radio.  In this episode, I interview Patrick Lucas from the Aboriginal Youth Mountain Bike Program about the trail network that we are currently building on the north side of Skawahlook I.R. #1.  This isn’t anything fancy.  There is no catchy theme music yet and I totally stumble through the interview but here it is.  Enjoy!

Click The Link Below To Listen
Episode 001 – Patrick Lucas