The First Nations Technology Council, a non-profit organization that serves all First Nations across British Columbia, has announced the appointment of Natiea Vinson as its new Chief Executive Officer.
Vinson, a member of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc and a seasoned professional with over 10 years of experience, will guide the organization towards the future.
Ryan Day, Board President of the Technology Council, expressed excitement and optimism about the appointment, citing Vinson’s wealth of experience, knowledge, and heart-centered, service-driven, and innovative values that embody the organization’s mission.
In an official statement, Vinson expressed her enthusiasm about the new role, stating that she is humbled to be entrusted with the responsibility of serving and empowering First Nations communities across BC through digital technology. She brings to the role a decade of experience advocating for institutional innovation, reconciliation, and Indigenous renewal across academia, social enterprise organizations, and the public and private sectors.
Vinson has worked across various sectors and has experience in UX and designing educational programming. She was previously the Associate Director of Graduate Programs and a Visiting Lecturer at Beedie School of Business at Simon Fraser University, where she designed educational programming.
Recently, she led the creation of a province-wide digital education strategy for B.C. Children’s Hospital and is a Founding Partner of Coast Educational Development Research (Cedar), a consulting firm that specializes in the design and implementation of innovative programming for Indigenous communities.
The Technology Council has entered an unprecedented phase of growth, with the organization scaling up to meet the growing demands of First Nations communities across BC. The mandate of the Technology Council is to provide digital skills training to Indigenous learners, realize digital equity, and ensure individuals, communities, and Nations play an active role in leading and shaping the future of the technology sector.
With Vinson at the helm, the Technology Council is poised to move forward towards digital equity, recognizing and upholding First Nations peoples’ inherent rights, title, and treaty rights. The organization will be led by a team of talented Indigenous professionals and aspiring allies who specialize in education, engagement, thought and policy leadership, and research.
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