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Tribal Journeys 2020 Steering CommitteE

Chief Michael Wyse


Emmy Manson - Co- Chair         Regan Seward - Co-Chair

Kate Good                                         Joe White Jr.    

Paul Wyse-Seward.                       Adam Manson

Gary Manson                                     Bruce Plasway

Stephanie Thomas
Fundraising Consultants
Chris Beaton
Joel Harry 

Tribal Journeys 2020 Staff

Director - Jodi Simkin 

My name is Jodi Simkin. I am a member of the Klahoose Nation’s Tl’emtl’ems Canoe Family. What an honour it is to be leading the Snuneymuxw Tribal Journeys 2020 team as we plan for the arrival of the canoes this July. We are excited to bring our skills and energy to this amazing initiative and look forward to working with the community to see their vision for the event realized.

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Landing Day Coordinator

Rachelle McKay

My name is Rachelle McKay, I am from Klahoose First Nation. I am married into the Snuneymuxw First Nation to Shawn McKay and we have two amazing sons Keegan and Kaiden. I currently reside on Cortes Island. I have recently graduated from the Aboriginal Ecotourism Program. I am proudly taking part in Tribal Journeys 2020 as the soft and hard Landing Coordinator for Snuneymuxw First Nation. I am so excited for this role as the Journeys mean so much to my family. We have participated in many different aspects of the canoe journey and for the past 3 years, have had the honor to be a First Nation female skipper.


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Administrative Coordinator

Leia Patterson

I have been on the west coast for nearly five years, moving from Ontario in 2015 to work at Nuyumbalees Cultural Centre on Quadra Island. I assisted in Tribal Journeys planning when Campbell River hosted in 2017, and helped Klahoose First Nation plan the logistics of their Journey to Puyallup in 2018. I am so grateful for the opportunity to be involved again with Snuneymuxw in 2020, and look forward to meeting and spending time with community members soon.

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Infrastructure Coordinator

Michelle Robinson

My name is Michelle Robinson, my traditional name is Kwistunlwet, I will be the Infrastructure Coordinator for the 2020 Tribal journeys hosted in Snuneymuxw territory. My mom is late Bertha Elliott of Stz'uminus First Nation and my dad is late Walter Leduc Barnes of Klahoose First Nation. When I was in my early teens my mom moved us to Nanaimo for her work at the fish plant and cannery. As a teen I met my husband of over 32yrs Paul Robinson of Ahousaht First Nation, we raised four children, we have our youngest son Royce 11 by our side, helping us be better people and three kids who have grown, married and given us 5 beautiful grandchildren. When Paul and I married we both had many friends and family we grew up with in Snuneymuxw territory and decided we would stay and raise our family because of not only our connections/ties but because the territory offers so much for youth. We are very proud to call and say Nanaimo is our home as well. My family has been connected, involved and enmeshed in the tribal journeys and canoe culture for many years. I have witnessed the beauty and its power to bring together nations with one mind for the healing and growth of our people. I look forward to working hand in hand with Snuneymuxw leadership, the canoe committee, with Jodi Simkin ~ Director of Tribal Journeys 2020 & her team to make the 2020 Tribal Journeys a success.

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Volunteer Coordinator

Adriene Wesley-Atleo

Hello my name is Adriene Atleo, daughter to James and Tina Wesley of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. I grew up in the Snuneymuxw territory and am now married to Neil Atleo of Ahousaht First Nation. We have 3 beautiful amazing children, 2 of which are in high school, and our youngest Dominique, who is 7 years old. All our children were raised here and are very into their culture, especially Tribal Journeys which has been a big part of their lives since they were very little. My very first Journey was back in 2005 when we paddled to Lower Elwah. Over the years I have participated as a puller, road crew and escort boat. I have been hooked ever since, so now to have the opportunity to be on the planning side of it and to bring my love and my skill set of professional organization, time management skills and dedication to the table, is an honor. I am excited to be help creating new memories for participants and visitors,and seeing many of our traditions shared. To be part of this amazing team with the Snuneymuxw people is an honor.

Huy' ch q'u

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Special Advisor to Tribal Journeys 

Harry Moon

Harry Moon and his family are long-time participants in Tribal Journeys. Their Pink Paddle Canoe,  promotes active conversations for and with Cancer Survivors and their families. 

Green Team Lead

Bridget Ray

Bio Coming Soon...

Snuneymuxw Youth Ambassador

Talela Manson

Bio Coming Soon...

Snuneymuxw First Nation

Tribal Journeys 2020 is being hosted by the Snuneymuxw First Nation, a Coast Salish Nation located on Vancouver Island. 

Canoe family RESOURCES

Awaken the Canoes 

Safety Training Weekend - Klahoose First Nation

All Nations Paddles Up
Safety & Canoe Information Website

Tribal Journeys Handbook
Philip Red Eagle

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Emmy Manson

Regan Seward

Jodi Simkin