Bldg. #10-7201 Vedder Road
Chilliwack, BC V2R 4G5
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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.
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.
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.
Bonny Phillips – Receptionist
Bonny joined the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre in 2012 working as the receptionist. Bonny resides in Sardis with her family, and she is connected to the Lytton First Nation on her father’s side. Previously, she worked as a Cultural Resource Worker at the Longhouse Extension Program. She also has experience doing marketing research for the Seven Generations Environmental Service Ltd. Currently, she volunteers at the Chilliwack Hospice Society and the Chilliwack Resource Library Committee. Bonny loves being a part of such a great team, and look forward to many more adventures.
Lisa Davidson, B.A. - Researcher/GIS Specialist
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.
Cara Brendzy, B.A., B.App.GIS - 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.
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.
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.
Ernie Victor – Fisheries Coordinator
604-997-9907 / 1-877-224-2456
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.
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.
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.
Library and Archives
Tia (Patricia) Halstad - Librarian / Archivist
Tia has been working in the Stó:lō Archives and Library since June of 2001. Providing support for the Stó:lō Xwexwilmexw Treaty Association is one of Tia’s primary responsibilities. Other responsibilities include supervising the Assistant Librarian, preparing finding aids so that the information stored in the archives and library can be accessed, and facilitating research and providing reference services to visitors to the library. Working with the Stó:lō Xolhmet S'olhetawtxw Sq’ép’ip (Stó:lō House of Respect Care Taking Committee), facilitating field schools, and helping with other SRRMC activities such as the People of the River Conference and the Cultural Experience Series also keep Tia busy.
Michelle Tang – Library Assistant
Michelle started working at the Library and Archives in February 2013 after graduating from the University of Fraser Valley with a Library and Information Technology Diploma. Previously, Michelle worked as a Research Assistant at a forestry laboratory after obtaining her B. Sc. in Natural Resources Conservation at UBC. In the Library and Archives, Michelle mainly performs library related tasks, including cataloguing, circulation, reference services, and digitizing documents and photos. Additionally, Michelle also works with the material culture collection and the Reciprocal Research Network (RRN).
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.
Barry Schmitz - PRRO Referrals Administrator/Officer
Barry is from the Gitksan Clan located in the Wet’suwet’en territory and his community is Hagwilget Village. Barry was born in the Stó:lō territory and considers it his motherland. In June 2008, he graduated MTI Community College with Honours, before attending the Business program at UFV and joining the CGA Association of BC. Barry was accepted into, and completed, the Environmental Technician Certification Program at Vancouver Island University offered in partnership with Stó:lō Development Corporation. Barry is very happy to be a part of the Stó:lō Research and Resource Management Centre team and looks forward to the challenges of the newly established People of the River Referrals Office.
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.
J. Luke Pike - PRRO Referrals Officer
Luke is a member of the Cheam First Nation and he joined the SRRMC in September 2013. He completed a full environmental training package through Vancouver Island University. He is currently working toward a B.A. in First Nations History. He was working in the construction industry previously. Luke has strong connection with the Stó:lō people, land, culture, and heritage. As a PRRO Referrals Officer, Luke aids the communities with the administration and technical review of referral applications.
Leanne Ellis tel skwix̱ – GIS Technician
éy swayel, I was born in Whitehorse, Yukon and moved to BC when I was 5 years old. I have lived in my home away from home in Seabird Island off and on since 1989. I have done many riparian projects and E-Team work in younger years around Seabird and Sasquatch Provincial Park. Environment has always been my passion and decided in my 30’s to start my educational journey. I have received formal education of Environmental Monitoring Certification from Vancouver Island University in 2014 and Completed my Advance Geographic Information’s Certification in 2015 from Okanagan College. I was hired in 2017 to assist with the referrals and publishing for the Stó:lō Connect from the People of the Rivers Referral Office(PRRO). I am excited to join this amazing team and looking forward to the future! tsel ts'íthomé
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.
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.
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 .
Stó:lō Tourism & Cultural Education
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 Aboriginal 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.