Vancouver Island Southeast
Trina Sxwithul’txw, represents the Vancouver Island Southeast region of the Indigenous Caucus of the IAMC-TMX. Originally elected in 2019 for a term of three years, she was acclaimed in 2022 for another term. Trina is from the Penelakut Tribe, located in the Gulf Islands just outside Chemainus, BC. Her parents are from the Penelakut and Cowichan Tribes and she is a proud single mother of two amazing children. Currently working full time for the Committee/Caucus she comes to us after a 13 year tenure as the Director of Ocean Resources for the Scianew Nation. Her work in Beecher Bay included negotiations in ocean protection of the WCMRC spill response base and KOTUG escort towage of TMX vessels, as well as project and financial management, capacity building and relationship building. Management of the marine environment is extremely important to her, and she is very thankful to be a part of a movement in gathering so many communities to build a strong collective Indigenous voice in the marine space.
- Director of Ocean Resources, Scianew (Beecher Bay) First Nation
- 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.”