Ecotrust Canada is a federally registered charity governed by an independent and voluntary board of directors. The organization is headquartered in Vancouver, BC, with a community office in Prince Rupert. While separately governed organizations, we have a shared history and ongoing alliance with Ecotrust in Portland, Oregon.
Lulla Sierra Johns
Elected: June 12, 2014
Lulla Sierra Johns was born a Dene into the Upper Tanana people, near the Yukon/Alaska border, and spent 10 years of her childhood in a residential school in northern BC. She has focused her professional career on projects that support and enrich the health and livelihoods of indigenous people.
Johns was the first Yukon Territorial Director for the Northern Careers program, the federal government’s first management training program for indigenous people in the north. She later served as Yukon Director for Canada’s Department of the Secretary of State, funding non-profit groups in northern British Columbia and Yukon including women’s services, Friendship Centres, poverty action groups, and child abuse awareness programs.
Johns helped pave the way for the 1989 reinstatement of the White River First Nation as a registered Indian Band with the Department of Indian Affairs, holding the position of Band Chief for a short time. In 2001, she followed up this role by serving as Lead Negotiator for the Nation’s land claims process.
Johns contributed to the ‘Protecting the Diversity’ project for the David Suzuki Foundation, documenting the decline of isolated coastal communities as a result of the loss of fishing and logging industries. The project helped the participating First Nations develop sustainable economic development projects, eventually forming the Coastal First Nations group.
More recently, Johns has served as Aboriginal Community Liaison for the Vancouver School Board, working with eight urban native groups and VSB staff to develop a school with an Aboriginal focus. She is an entrepreneur, hosting healing and other conferences for First Nations people through her company, SunDancer Conferences. She also sits on the Board of Directors for the Aboriginal Mothers’ Centre in Vancouver, BC.