Manager, Reconciliation Initiative
Port Alberni, BC
Everyone has a responsibility to take the teachings of their ancestors and the teachings of today, to make the best decisions they can to create healthy, happy, and sustainable communities.
ʔukłaamaḥ Cynthia Dick. c̓išaaʔaqsup. She was appointed the Chief Councillor of the Tseshaht First Nation in May 2016. ʔumʔiiqsakaḥ Eileen Watts (c̓išaaʔatḥ), n̓uw̓iiqsakaḥ Richard Dick Sr. (c̓išaaʔatḥ) ʔiš ʔuhukwitaḥ n̓uw̓iiqsakaḥ Carl Bob (Snawnawas). She has had the privilege of growing up in the Tseshaht community, located in Port Alberni on Vancouver Island and take great pride in being a Tseshaht woman. She is the proud mother of Arianna Watts, she has been her motivation to work hard to make this world a better place. In 2014, she graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts; Major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. She went on to complete her Management Skills for Supervisors Certificate at VIU in 2015. Cynthia believes it is important for all Indigenous Peoples to have a strong understanding of who they are, where they come from and confidence in where they are going. One teaching that she holds close to her heart is hišuk ʔiš c̓awaak (everything is one and all is interconnected). She strongly believes in the Nuu-chah-nulth way of life in regard to taking care of your own and building relationships on ʔiisak (respect).