With proven writing, facilitation, problem-solving & presentation skills, Art has over 16 years of hands-on experience in cultural revitalization, training program design, curriculum development, community-based research, workshop delivery, policy development, & culturally relevant capacity building for Indigenous communities & organizations. In his early 20’s Art led the way in protecting a lake-shore forest in his home community from being commercially logged. It was eventually designated as a protected area. From this young age, Art served in various leadership positions in his home territory in north-eastern BC including chief of the Saulteau First Nation. Despite some victories, he quickly learned about the limitations of the Indian Act and the realities of jurisdiction and the frustrations of dealing with encroachment from resource industries and oppressive government policies. He has since come to believe that the political restructuring of Indigenous communities has to be centered around revamped Indigenous principles, institutions, laws and values. Affiliated with a variety of Indigenous knowledge keepers and innovative academic professionals, Art is a rational idealist who believes in practical results & meaningful community engagement.