Our Staff

Bldg. #10-7201 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G5
Phone: 604-824-2420
Fax: 604-824-0278
Toll free: 1-800-565-6004

 

“We respectfully acknowledge that the SRRMC is on the traditional, ancestral and unceded territory of the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe, a Tribe of Stó:lō-Coast Salish, Halq'eméylem speaking Peoples.”

 

David Schaepe, Ph.D. - Director / Senior Archaeologist

Dr. David Schaepe is the Director & Senior Archaeologist of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre at Stó:lō Nation. He has worked for over 15 years as a community-based researcher addressing issues of aboriginal rights and title, heritage management policy and practice, repatriation, land use planning, archaeological research, and education and outreach. He earned his PhD in Anthropology from the University of British Columbia in 2009. In addition to working at Stó:lō Nation, he is an adjunct professor in Simon Fraser University’s School of Resource and Environmental Management, and an instructor of Indigenous Studies at the University of the Fraser Valley. His research interests are multi-disciplinary in nature and include household archaeology, oral history, Stó:lō-Coast Salish settlement patterning and community organization, cultural landscape management, and issues of aboriginal rights and title. Dr. Schaepe has over 25 years of experience in archaeology/anthropology, and cultural heritage research and resource management.

Dr. David Schaepe – CV (2012)

Dave.Schaepe@stolonation.bc.ca

 

Naxaxalhts’i, Albert (Sonny) McHalsie - Cultural Advisor/Historian and Honorary Doctorate of Law, University of Victoria.

Dr. Naxaxalhts’i is the Cultural Advisor/Historian of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre.  Naxaxalhts’i has worked for the Stó:lō as a researcher in cultural heritage and aboriginal rights and title issues since 1985.  He currently acts as the cultural advisor on the Treaty Negotiation Team for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association.  He was a co-author of the book I Am Stó:lō: Katherine Explores Her Heritage (1997) – focusing on his family and his daughter.  He contributed to and served on the editorial board of the award winning publication A Stó:lō Coast Salish Historical Atlas (2001).  He was also the author of We Have To Take Care OF Everything That Belongs To Us in Bruce Miller’s Be OF Good Mind (2007). He also wrote the foreword in Keith Thor Carlson’s The Power Of Place, The Problem Of Time(2010). His areas of expertise include Halq’eméylem Place Names, Fishing, and Stó:lō Oral History. He has also been featured in many television documentaries for the CBC, APTN and Omni. He is a member of the Shxw’ow’hamel First Nation, the proud father of two girls and six boys, and has six grandchildren. He continues to fish at his ancestral fishing ground at Aseláw in the Stó:lō Five Fishery in the lower Fraser River canyon.

Sonny.McHalsie@stolonation.bc.ca

 

Tracey Joe - Aylexwlemot - Managing Supervisor

Tracey has been employed with SRRMC since 1995. Currently, Tracey provides technical and administrative support to the SRRMC team in addition to her other responsibilities. Documentation of Sto:lo history and culture and educating the public are important aspects of Treaty work. As a researcher, Tracey has helped with our three publications: You Are Asked To Witness, A Sto:lo Coast Salish Historical Atlas, and I Am Sto:lo. She continues to coordinate sales and shipping of these books. Tracey has been a coordinator for the People of the River conferences since 1997. She has also coordinated two trans-border (BC and Washington State) environment conferences and the 2008 BC Archaeology Forum. Tracey has assisted in other projects, including the Yale Air Quality Study, The Lynching of Louie Sam film, treaty orientation sessions, Transformer Narratives project, and field schools, just to name a few. Finally, Tracey is a supervisor for the SRRMC.

Tracey.Joe@stolonation.bc.ca


Archaeology

Cara Brendzy, B.A., B.App.GIS, B.Tech.Forensics - Project Archaeologist / GIS Specialist

Cara has been working with the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre since 2008 as an archaeologist and GIS Specialist.  She received her BA in archaeology degree from SFU in 2002 and a Bachelor of GIS degree from SAIT Polytechnic in 2005.  Cara works as a project archaeologist on a wide variety of industry projects and alongside Stó:lō communities conducting traditional use research.  She also contributes to GIS projects and research for traditional use studies, resource management, and archaeology. Cara also administers the Stó:lō Heritage Investigation permitting system.

Cara.Brendzy@stolonation.bc.ca

 

Lisa Dojack, M.A. – Project Archaeologist/GPR Specialist

Lisa has 9 years experience working on archaeological excavation projects and in archaeological consulting and resource management. Lisa has been working with the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre since 2012 as an archaeologist. She received a MA in anthropology with a concentration in archaeology from UBC in 2012 and her BA in archaeology from SFU in 2009. Lisa works as an archaeologist alongside Stó:lō communities on a wide variety of projects, conducting fieldwork, planning/preparation, research, report writing, survey, excavation, artifact analysis, and data collection. Lisa has extensive experience in using ground penetrating radar (GPR) to identify archaeological features and unmarked burials.

Lisa.Dojack@stolonation.bc.ca

 

Mariko Adams, B.A. (Hons) – Archaeologist

Mariko, or “Mad Dog” as she is known in the archaeology community, has worked for Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre since July 2017 as an archaeologist. She has three years of experience working in archaeological consulting and five years of experience working in collections management. In 2015, she graduated from UBC with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Honours Anthropology with a focus in Archaeology. Mariko has worked in a variety of areas in BC beyond the Fraser Valley, including the Fraser Canyon, Lower Mainland, Squamish, North Harrison, west coast of Vancouver Island, and the Peace River region. Currently, Mariko works alongside Stó:lō communities on an array of projects that include supervising fieldwork, research, report writing, artifact analysis, data collection, and using ArcMap to create maps and analyze GIS data. A self-professed chip connoisseur, Mariko firmly believes in the power of chips to boost team morale.

Mariko.Adams@stolonation.bc.ca

 


Fisheries Management


Ernie Victor – Fisheries Coordinator

Ernie.Victor@stolonation.bc.ca

604-997-9907 / 1-877-224-2456

Lower Fraser Fisheries Alliance

Fraser River Aboriginal Fisheries Secretariat (FRAFS)

 


Genealogy

Lisa Davidson, B.A. - Genealogist

Lisa has been working for Stó:lō Service Agency since 2004.  She has worked in various departments (Finance and Administration, Stó:lō Lands, etc.) and joined the SRRMC team in April 2009.

Lisa provides genealogical research for Stó:lō descendants, SSA/SRRMC departments, and for special projects as requested.  Please see the Genealogy portion of the website for more information.

She also provides GIS services for the People of the River Referrals Office, SRRMC, and other department projects as requested.

Lisa.Davidson@stolonation.bc.ca

 


Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Sue Formosa, MSc., Adv.Dip, GIS - Geomatics and GIS Specialist

Sue Formosa is the contract GIS Technician at SRRMC. She completed her certification as a geomatics technician in 2004 and her advanced diploma in GIS in 2005 from BCIT. Sue began mapping within S’ólh Téméxw with Dave Schaepe in 2004. Since February 2007, she has been the GIS Technician at SRRMC. Sue’s specialties are 3D modeling of archaeological sites and cultural database development. Cultural practices, resource management, fisheries, archaeological projects, and treaty are the main purposes currently being addressed through GIS at SRRMC.

In 2009, with the help of funding from BCCI, Sue and Jessica Morrison, PRRO Referrals Coordinator, began the development of Stó:lō connect, a web portal which provides cultural and referral data on-line and facilitate communication among Stó:lō communities and organizations. Stó:lō resource managers have access to information all information on cultural sites and referrals. Other users have an overview of the use plan and access to their own referrals. Maps and the analysis of spatial data are provided for all Stó:lō people.

Sue.Formosa@stolonation.bc.ca

 


Land Use Planning

Karen Brady – Land use planner

Karen Brady joined the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre in 2011 as a Land Use Planner. Karen holds a Ph.D. in Computer Science from the University of Nice (2003) and a B.A. in Mathematics from Trinity College Dublin (1998). During her postdoctoral career, Karen worked in the field of coral reef mapping and monitoring. Working alongside ecologists, conservationists, marine park managers, and community groups, Karen developed a strong interest in the human dimension of natural resource management. This interest continued to grow, prompting a career change in 2009 when Karen moved to Canada and became a graduate student of the School of Resource and Environmental Management at Simon Fraser University. As the Land Use Planner with the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre, Karen is responsible for facilitating the development of the S'ólh Téméxw Use Plan, a regional-scale land use plan which represents Stó:lō cultural values across their traditional territory. Karen also engages with third parties in order to understand the areas of harmony and discord between the S'ólh Téméxw Use Plan and other resource management plans which apply in the same geographic area.

Karen.Brady@stolonation.bc.ca


People of the River Referrals Office

Mike Goold, Dip. NRM - PRRO Referrals Manager

Mike has lived in the Chilliwack area for over 23 years and currently resides at Cultus Lake. Mike grew up in Houston, BC and is a proud member of the Wet’suwet’en First Nation on his mother’s side from the Laksilyu (Small Frog) clan. Mike is equally proud of his Celtic/Irish heritage on his father’s side as well. Mike is certified in Forestry Business Administration, in addition to a Diploma in Natural Resource Management. Mike enjoyed over twenty years as a forestry contract supervisor and technician in various sectors of the Natural Resource industry including over nine years with the Chilliwack Forest District.

MGoold@peopleoftheriver.com

 

Damodar Khadka, B. A., Geography; M.A., MNRES

Damodar has a background in natural resource management, land use planning, protected areas, conservation policy, and traditional ecological knowledge.  He is Lands and Natural Resource Officer at the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribe that includes the communities of Aitchelitz First Nation,  Shxwha:y Village, Skowkale First Nation, Soowhalie Indian Band, Squiala First Nation, Tzeachten First Nation, and Yakweakwioose First Nation. Damodar also works at the People of the River Referrals Office PRRO.

dkhadka@peopleoftheriver.com

 

Maretta Beger, BGS, Indigenous Studies cert. - PRRO Referrals Officer

Maretta is from the Skwah First Nation band and joined SRRMC in 2011 in the Lands Department officer.  She completed her Bachelor of General Studies with a Minor in First Nation’s History at UFV as well as a certificate in Indigenous Maps, Films, Rights and Land Claims at UFV.  Maretta has joined the PRRO as a Referrals Officer.

Maretta.Beger@stolonation.bc.ca

 

Matt McGinity, B.A., Adv.GIS Dip. - Systems Manager

Matt received his BA in Anthropology with Honours and specializing in Archaeology from UBC in 2007. After working as a field-archaeologist throughout BC, he returned to school in 2011 and earned an Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) from BCIT.  He joined the SRRMC in 2012 as a GIS Analyst and Archaeologist. He also works for the People of the River Referrals Office (PRRO) as the resident GIS Analyst and co-administrator of the PRRO’s referral management web portal, Stó:lō Connect.

MMcGinity@peopleoftheriver.com

 

Sandy McDonald - PRRO Referrals Administrator

I started in Sept 2013 as an Archaeology researcher. I joined the PRRO Department 6 months ago. I am connected with leq’a;mel First Nation along with being Family Rep for 9yrs .

Sandy.McDonald@stolonation.bc.ca

 


Library/Archives, Cultural Education and Tours

Amber D. Kostuchenko, B.A., M.A. – Manager, Library/Archives, Cultural Education and Tours

Amber is a XwelÍtem (Halq’eméylem for non-Indigenous) Canadian of Frisian and Ukrainian roots.  Her education includes degrees in archaeology (BA, Simon Fraser University) and history (MA, University of Saskatchewan), as well as certificates in public history and paralegal studies. Prior to joining the SRRMC in 2016, she had the good fortune to have several opportunities to research and work with Stó:lō individuals and communities, participating in three archaeological and ethnohistorical field schools.  Amber also spent 16 years working for the Canadian Federal Government, including 14 years coordinating research into Indian Residential Schools, which culminated in the opportunity to work with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission in the transfer of over 1 million documents related to the operations of the schools, which are now housed at the National Research Centre for Truth and Reconciliation at the University of Manitoba.  Amber is pleased to bring her research skills, diverse knowledge sets, and program management experience to the SRRMC to support the Library/Archives, and Cultural Education and Tours programs.

Amber.kostuchenko@stolonation.bc.ca

Stephen Shurgold – Librarian/Archivist

Stephen holds a degree in history (B.A.) in addition to his Masters of Information and Masters of Museum Studies.  A transplant from back east, Stephen is glad to be in S’ólh Téméxw.

Stephen.Shurgold@stolonation.bc.ca

Lisa Davidson, B.A. - Genealogist

Lisa has been working for Stó:lō Service Agency since 2004.  She has worked in various departments (Finance and Administration, Stó:lō Lands, etc.) and joined the SRRMC team in April 2009.

Lisa provides genealogical research for Stó:lō descendants, SSA/SRRMC departments, and for special projects as requested.  Please see the Genealogy portion of the website for more information.

Lisa.Davidson@stolonation.bc.ca



June Point - Stó:lō Cultural Education Coordinator

June.Point@stolonation.bc.ca

Stó:lō Shxweli holds many classes in the Halq'eméylem Language as well as the first ever DSTC course in all of BC. The courses required will provide First Nations language and culture teachers with detailed education in: First Nations or Aboriginal Languages spoken in BC; First Nations Studies or culture; The BC College of Teachers’ academic prerequisites; and Professional development.

The program also encourages the preservation and maintenance of a First Nation language and culture.  The Education Division of the Community Economic Development Department of Stó:lō Nation administers the Stó:lō Shxweli Halq’eméylem Language program. For more information, please visit www.stoloshxweli.org



Terrington Prest – Cultural Education Assistant

Terrington.Prest@stolonation.bc.ca



Jared Deck – Stó:lō Shxwelí Halq’eméylem Language Program

Jared.Deck@stolonation.bc.ca



Bon Graham - Stó:lō Tourism & Cultural Experience Coordinator

Bon is of Stó:lō and Snunéymuxw descent and has lived in the territory all her life. She is a visual artist (b.wyse Halq’eméylem art) and award winning professional designer with UFV certification in Graphic Design & Communications. Bon’s passion for Indigenous Tourism development has spanned over many years, working closely with the community, tourism and affiliated business leaders. Stó:lō Tourism currently offers guided narrated Coqualeetza Grounds tours and self-guided educational kiosks as well as cultural road and river tours, upriver to Yale, downriver through Mission area as well as Chilliwack Lake region. Bon also coordinates the annual Cultural Experience Series events including book launches, archaeological presentations, weaving and hands-on participation events for the whole family. Email tour inquiries to: stolo.tourism@stolonation.bc.ca

Bonny.Graham@stolonation.bc.ca

Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre
Bldg #10 – 7201 Vedder Road,
Chilliwack, BC, Canada
V2R 4G5

604-824-2420 / 1-800-565-6004

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