Candidate for
Councillor at Large

Sally Sellars,

RPF #4713

 

Executive Summary

Sally Sellars, RPF, has spent her career working to advance the profession. She has more than 20 years of knowledge and experience in stewardship, natural resource management, and Indigenous and non-Indigenous relations, which provide her with perspectives about how professional forestry interacts and intersects with Indigenous land stewardship and forest management practices. Sally is also a two-time ABCFP award recipient.

As Lands Coordinator for the Xatśūll First Nation, Sally makes governance and stewardship decisions to engage and weave together community histories and initiatives. She’s also involved with the Quesnel Forest Landscape Plan Pilot, supporting reconciliation with First Nations.

Sally is a board member with UBC’s Faculty of Forestry First Nations Council of Advisors, establishing retention strategies for Indigenous professors and staff through open and reciprocal channels of communication and cultural competency training. She’s also involved in the development of a new under-graduate program that blends Indigenous land stewardship with forest management practices.

Professional Experience

  • Lands Coordinator, Xatśūll First Nation, Williams Lake, 2020-present
  • Stewardship Forester, FLNRORD, Williams Lake, 2019
  • Lands Coordinator, Xatśūll First Nation, Williams Lake, 2017-2018
  • Natural Resources Referrals, Tl’etinqox Community Worker, Tŝilhqot’in National Government, 2012-2017
  • Natural Resources Department Manager, Xatśūll First Nation, Williams Lake, 2009-2011
  • First Nations Relations Officer Auxiliary, Central Cariboo Forest District, BC Forest Service, 2008-2009
  • Stewardship Forester Auxiliary, Central Cariboo Forest District, BC Forest Service, Williams Lake, 2007-2008

Related Experience

  • Board member, First Nations Council of Advisors, Faculty of Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2006-present
  • Williams Lake Restorative Justice Forum, 2019

Education

  • Land Surveying Development Capacity Program, Surveyor General Branch, Natural Resources Canada, 2021
  • Land Use Planning Certificate, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada/Beringia Community Planning Inc., 2017-2018
  • First Nations Forestry Program, NRCan and FORED BC, Aboriginal Institute for Management Excellence, 2010
  • Bachelor of Science in Forestry, University of British Columbia, 2006
  • Natural Resources Technologist, Nicola Valley Institute of Technology, 1995-1997
  • St. Joseph Mission Residential School, Williams Lake, 1968-1974.

Memberships/Registration

  • Registered Professional Forester, Association of BC Forest Professionals, 2011-present

Awards

  • BC Forest Professional Best Article, Forest Stewardship Plan Strategies and the Cultural Heritage Value, 2019
  • ABCFP Award of Merit in Sustainable Forestry, South Chilcotin Stewardship Plan, 2016