Board of Directors

Alfred Scow, C.M., Ambassador

Hereditary chief of the Qui’Qwa’Sot’Enox Nation on Gilford Island near Port Hardy. The first Aboriginal person in BC to graduate from law school (UBC), to become a member of the Bar, and to be appointed to the Bench. Retired from the bench in December 1994. Founding president of the Vancouver Indian Centre, now the Aboriginal Friendship Centre. Served for six years as a Board member of UBC’s Alumni Association and three years on the University Senate. Helped establish the First Nations House of Learning at UBC and continues to serve on the Management Council. Received an Honourary Doctor of Law degree from UBC in 1997. Appointed to the Order of Canada in 2000.

Joan Scow, Ambassador

Former caseworker (MSW) with Vancouver Children’s Aid Society and the Burnaby Children’s Clinic (formerly the Child Guidance Clinic). Married to Alfred Scow in 1964.

Tina L. Dion, President

Tina is a member of the Kehewin Cree Nation located in northern Alberta. After graduating from the Faculty of Law (UBC) in 1997, she clerked for the Navajo Supreme Court in Window Rock, Arizona. Tina practiced criminal and civil litigation prior to joining the Tsawwassen First Nation as in-house counsel in May 2006. Tina has been an adjunct professor at the Faculty of Law at UBC since 2002. Tina is also a SJD candidate at the University of Arizona.

Robin A. Wesley, P.Eng, Vice-President

Power Engineering Consultant, primarily concerned with international power development projects based on biomass and fossil fuels. Maintains a longstanding interest in cultural and social policy issues, particularly Canada’s colonial past and present, and the pursuit of just settlements for Aboriginal people in Canada.

Olga Schwartzkopf, Treasurer

Paralegal at Glen Orris, Q.C. Law Corporation in Vancouver for the last 25 years. She has a Degree in Agricultural Sciences from the University of British Columbia and is active in mentoring students in agriculture and natural sciences, is a Director for Soil & Water Conservations Society, B.C. Chapter, Advisory Board Member of the Burns Bog Conservation Society, a past member of the GVRD Regional Water Advisory Committee (since 1992), Co-Chair of the Water Caucus Steering Committee for the Canadian Environmental Network. Has worked on public consultation committees with federal government representatives on the following issues: Upstream Oil and Gas Emissions, Acid Rain, Toxic Substances as classified under CEPA, the National Agriculture and Environment Standards Initiative, Particulate Matter and Ozone within the Construction and Demolition Industry, Department of Fisheries and Oceans Habitat Management modernization plan and the National Pollutant Release Inventory Working Group.

Anja Brown, Secretary

Anja Brown was called to the Bar in 1998. She has been an associate at Braker and Company's West Vancouver office since 2000 and prior to that time, Anja had a private practice in Bella Bella. Since joining Braker and Company, Anja has had the privilege of working on a number of important Aboriginal law cases at all levels of court, including Haida/Taku, and Kapp et al. Anja is a member of the Bella Bella/Bella Coola circuit court team who travel regularly to each community for sittings of the provincial court. Anja is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation through adoption and marriage.


Gordon Christie, Director

In 2004 Professor Gordon Christie joined the Faculty of Law, the University of British Columbia, as an associate professor. Prior to this he was an assistant professor at Osgoode Hall Law School (York University), Central Michigan University and Lakehead University. At Osgoode Hall Professor Christie was the director of the Intensive Program in Aboriginal Lands, Resources and Governments, a program that gave law students the opportunity to spend several months ‘in the field’, working with Aboriginal nations, tribal councils, Aboriginal organizations, government agencies, law firms and non-governmental organizations. He has published articles on treaty interpretation, fiduciary doctrine, legal theory, Aboriginal title, the duties to consult and accommodate, citizenship, urban governance and cultural protection. He has a law degree from the University of Victoria and a PhD from the University of California, Santa Barbara. Professor Christie is originally from Inuvik, NWT and his mother’s family is Inupiat/Inuvialuit.


Jennifer Duncan, B.A. (Hons), LL.B.

Jennifer is a member of the Behdzi Ahda First Nation in the Northwest Territories. She graduated from UBC Law in 2004 and practiced law in the Northwest Territories before returning to UBC Law in 2006. Jennifer is currently the Advisor for the First Nations Legal Studies Program at UBC Law.


Leona M. Sparrow, B.A.,M.A., LL.B., Director

Member of the Musqueam Indian Band and current Director, Treaty Lands and Resources for the Musqueam Indian Band dealing with Aboriginal Title and Rights issues and B.C. Treaty Process activities at the Tripartite level and encompassing all aspects of Musqueam community development and governance.

Leona is Musqueam’s liaison to the University of British Columbia and has been an invited Member of the UBC President’s Community Advisory Committee and the UBC First Nations Advisory Committee and the Dean’s First Nations Advisory Committee, UBC Faculty of Law. She was appointed to the University of BC Senate by the Province of BC 1993 – 2003.

As Musqueam liaison with the Museum of Anthropology, she has collaborated on First Nations representation and museum displays, and facilitated Museum Intern positions for Musqueam youth. Recent collaboration between the National Film Board, the City of Vancouver, and Musqueam Band led to film production training for Musqueam youth and interviews with Musqueam elders to enhance youth knowledge of Musqueam history and culture.

Leona served as an elected Councilor for the Musqueam Indian Band for seven two-year terms. She was designated as Musqueam Council representative for health, social programs, land claims, and to the Community Health Advisory Committee. She served two consecutive terms as elected Member of the Musqueam Fisheries Commission.


Alfred Waugh, MAIBC LEED AP, Director

Born and raised in Yellowknife, NT, Alfred is Chipewyan of the Fond Du Lac Indian Band. When graduating first in his class, Alfred also became the first Aboriginal person to graduate from UBC School of Architecture, to become a registered architect and to become LEED certified. Alfred Waugh is Principal of Alfred Waugh Architect, an award winning architectural firm with a passion for culturally sensitive, innovative and sustainable design solutions.

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