Trina Sxwithul'txw

Vancouver Island Southeast

Trina is from the Penelakut Tribe, located in the Gulf Islands just outside Chemainus, BC. Her family is from the Penelakut and Cowichan Tribes and she is a proud single mother of two amazing children. Trina works as an independent consultant in project management and negotiations. Her recent focus has been ocean-based drawing her into the working group that assisted in the development of the Indigenous Advisory and Monitoring Committee. She's also been involved in the negotiations for the spill response base with Western Canadian Marine Response Corporation located in the Beecher Bay First Nation territory.

Trina has been working in First Nations communities for the past 25 years in the areas of governance, strategic planning, facilitation, proposal writing, financial management, human resources, and conflict resolution. Trina received a Certificate in Negotiations and Conflict Resolution through the Justice Institute of BC. During Trina’s personal time she is currently rejuvenating her calling in acting for film and television and has also had experience behind the camera as Associate Producer and Production Manager.

Key Positions

  • Chair, Board of Director of M’i nuw’ilum Marina Limited Partnership
  • Executive Director for the Hul’quim’num Treaty Group, and Naut’sa mawt Tribal Council
  • Penelakut Tribe Administrator
  • Associate Producer and Production Manager for Kwassen Productions Ltd.


Our waters come with teachings of discipline and respect. They give us nourishment, they cleanse us, and connect us to our ancestors before us. We have an obligation to protect this precious resource.

I look forward to shaping a new future for our children and grandchildren. Until recently, our world has been uncompromising and inflexible. We are securing a future that provides for honest and positive change. One that is based on respect, open mindedness, flexibility, and building positive relationships.”