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2002 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award

Awardee: Kelly Brown

Kelly Brown
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Kelly Brown is honored as the recipient of the 2002 Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award for his work as a negotiator, planner and educator in the areas of cultural restoration and conservation. Brown will use the Ecotrust Indigenous Leadership Award fellowship to continue his work on Aboriginal title issues and enrich his professional accreditation in Aboriginal Law.

For six years, Brown worked as a Senior Negotiator for the Heiltsuk Tribal Council. He participated in treaty negotiations with the province of British Columbia and the federal government of Canada. Brown worked on a research methodology framework called the Heiltsuk Cultural Landscape Assessment that helped support Heiltsuk title and rights to the territory. He spearheaded the project by convening meetings with external experts in ecosystem-based science, land-use and First Nations culture.

Over the past year, Kelly Brown has dedicated much of his time to developing a Heiltsuk-led cedar protection strategy. The strategy identifies key principles that must be followed in the harvesting and conservation of cedar in the Heiltsuk Territory and states the objectives of the Heiltsuk Tribal Council with respect to the harvesting and conservation of the cedar resource.

While Brown has invested large amounts of his professional time towards conservation-based development in the Heiltsuk Territory, he has spent a significant amount of his personal time nurturing Aboriginal cultural development. Brown has been working the past few years with the Ainu of Japan on asserting Aboriginal rights, title and culture in their own homeland.

Brown previously worked as an Instructor at Heiltsuk College and a teacher at Seabird Island Community School. He received a Bachelor of Education from the University of British Columbia in 1993.

Kelly Brown is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation and was recently elected to the Heiltsuk Tribal Council. He resides in Waglisla (known as Bella Bella) on the central coast of British Columbia with his wife Fran. They have three children and three grandchildren.


2002 Honorees

Kelly Brown

Carol Craig

Kathleen Shaye Hill

Robert Sam

John Ward


Astrid Scholz
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Jason Pretty Boy
Indigenous Resilience Fellow
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