Member of the Canadian Firearms Advisory Committee: Christine Creyke
In April 2006, Christine graduated from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) with a bachelor’s degree in geography. After graduation she gained employment in her home community of Dease Lake as the land stewardship coordinator where she learned about the Tahltan people, and their struggle with resource extraction. Due to the abundance of exploration/mining companies in Tahltan territory, Christine decided to continue her studies at the master’s level in the Natural Resource and Environmental Studies (NRES) program. Christine's thesis titled, The Tahltan Nation and our consultation process with the mining industry; How a land use plan might improve the process and policies, was successfully defended in April 2011. In 2010, Christine joined the first cohort of Jane Glassco Arctic Fellows; her work focused on policy development for oil and gas activities in the Arctic.
Christine hopes that by educating herself, both in traditional and western ways, it will help her First Nations people stay strong and rooted in their culture. Currently, Christine works for the Tahltan Central Government as the Lands Director. Her department is responsible for managing land-related activities throughout the Territory. The lands department brings together the administration of the environment, wildlife, and resources under one cohesive department aimed at strengthening the Government’s overall management of Tahltan Lands. Christine works closely with her community on all wildlife and hunting related issues/opportunities. Christine believes that living in a small town means that individuals must wear multiple 'hats'; volunteering, sitting on different boards, being informed and participating on all issues that effect that community are important for small rural communities to prosper.
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