Director of Administration
Diane Calliou is the Executive Director of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA).
Her primary role as the Executive Director is to implement directives from the BC Council of Treaty 8 Chiefs (CT8C) on collaborative initiatives as well as the day to day management of the Tribal Council office. The ED responsibilities include establishing and streamlining structures and processes including policies and procedures that support the Chiefs in their responsibilities at the Tribal Council level as well as supporting their mandate from their respective Communities.
Diane is a strong advocate for treaty, land, and resource stewardship and is committed to advancing the BC Treaty 8 communities in areas of cultural heritage, health and wellness and believes these areas are the foundation to building strong healthy communities.
Diane is of Dunne-za, Cree, and Saulteau descent, and as a member of the West Moberly First Nations Diane has had the privilege of serving her community as Council member for several years. Diane received her basic education in Chetwynd, British Columbia, with further training and experience in accounting and office administration. Additional training that Diane has received, includes, negotiations, mediation, and strategic planning. Diane’s education and training continues through contemporary education, experience and support from traditional and cultural relationships within the Treaty 8 Territory, through guidance from T8 Elders and inspiration from T8 Youth.
Diane strongly believes in the collective entity of the Treaty 8 Tribal Association and is here for the benefit of its member Nations. Diane is friendly and approachable so, please feel welcome to contact her with any questions you may have.
Marlene is a member of the Bigstone Cree Nation located in Alberta Treaty 8 Territory. Born and raised in Fort St. John, Marlene attended classes where she achieved her Office Administration Certificate and a Business Management Diploma.
Ms. Greyeyes began her employment at Treaty 8 Tribal Association in 2008. Since then, Marlene has worked in various capacities from Health, Social and Economic Development. Marlene is currently the Executive Assistant for the Administration. Her day to day task include assisting with Human Resources, Project Management and processing and issuing Certificates of Indian Status.
Medical Transportation Clerk
Gladys moved to Fort St. John from the Saik’uz First Nations in the fall of 1999. A number of years ago she completed a Computerized Bookkeeping Program, formerly known as Cariboo College and also has an Early Childhood Education Certificate from the Native Education College. Most of her work experience comes from working with her home community in Finance and SA Dept. She has also worked as a Receptionist at the Fort St. John Ministry of Agriculture and the Health Unit. Since, June of 2010 she has been working as the Medical Transportation Clerk for Treaty 8 Tribal Association, which sometimes can be challenging, but it is generally a meaningful and rewarding experience.
Finance Clerk/Indian Registration Administrator
Born in Northwestern Ontario, Alison is an Anishinaabe member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve, located on Manitoulin Island in Lake Huron. She has lived in the Fort St. John area most of her life, raising 3 boys on an acreage in Goodlow. Alison worked for School District #60 as an Aboriginal Student Support Worker for 10 years at Clearview School, before moving into Fort St. John in 2013. Alison started working as the Receptionist for Treaty 8 Tribal Association in January 2015. During the Spring of 2016 Alison took training to become the IRA at Treaty 8. As of June 2017, Alison was promoted to the position of Finance Clerk, with the departure of Treaty 8’s long standing clerk, Lori MacAulay. She is looking forward to her new position and all the rewards and challenges that come with it.
Kelly Ballard began working with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association in 2006 as a Finance Advisor for our organization. She is now our Financial Services Director and she works closely with our department leaders in monitoring budgets and ensuring the key objectives for our organizations can be supported. Kelly also collaborates with our Executive Team to review and assess our organization regularly, to ensure financial responsibilities are met and reported on.
Kelly is a Certified General Accountant and she has extensive experience working in government and business environments. Kelly spent four years as the Finance Manager for the Doig River First Nation and she also worked in the oil and gas industry in Calgary, Alberta (namely Union Pacific Resources and Conoco) before relocating to northeastern B.C.
In addition to working with Treaty 8, she enjoys raising her two daughters in the country just north of Fort St. John.
Kelly’s continued contributions to our organization are highly valued and appreciated.
My name is Kimberly Hucker and I am the Receptionist at Treaty 8 Tribal Association. I started as a temp with T8TA in August of 2017 and was successful in obtaining the permanent position as T8TA’s Receptionist in October of 2017.
In my role as Receptionist, I am responsible for completing my regular duties and any other tasks that may arise. I also have been trained in Medical Transportation to assist and cover for Gladys Lawrence when she is off on holidays.
My husband and I along with our 3 children moved to FSJ in June of 2014 from LaSalle, Ontario. Coming from a big city, our family has settled in comfortably in the cozy town of FSJ. I enjoy camping with my family and friends, kayaking and fishing.
In the past year I have learned a lot and continue too so daily. The warm, friendly and welcoming staff and community members have made the last year an enjoyable one. I look forward to my future at T8TA.
I am a member of Bigstone Cree Nation, born and raised in Fort St. John. I was very lucky to be able to grow up in the Peace Region and explore the beautiful outdoors, I enjoy camping, quadding and hiking. I am also a very sports oriented person with a passion for basketball, baseball and swimming. I went to college in Victoria at Camosun for my Public Administration diploma. I hope to one day go back to school to get my degree in Business with a major in Accounting. I have been employed with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) for over two years, beginning in 2016, working as a summer student in Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Program (TARR) and as the T8TA receptionist. Currently, I am the TARR Archivist and have been in this position for over a year. My role as the Archivist is to provide assistance to our member communities’ staff, membership, and research consultants when access to information requests are received. Additionally, I am responsible for maintaining TARR office equipment and enhancing the utility of the archival records. I work largely with textual records and audio visual records (video files, audio files, and photographs). My most recent projects have been the Repatriation Registry and ‘Giving Voice’ Project. My past project involved a mass digitization and re-organization of the archive’s physical specific claim records. In the near future, I will be working towards having TARR become an accredited member of the Archives Association of B.C. Being a recognized member, will allow TARR to access funding to employ better archival practices and methods by purchasing archival quality storage supplies, accessing training, and creating an emergency response plan for our holdings.
I believe that the TARR archive provides invaluable services to the T8TA communities and its records will always function as a long lasting legacy for their future generations. At TARR we have an open door policy and we love company. I strongly encourage leadership and membership to come visit us to explore the services we offer and to better understand the importance of actively contributing information to the archive.
Verena Hofmann was an infant when she immigrated to Canada from Germany with her immediate family in 1980. She was raised and still resides in the rural community of Montney (traditional territory of the Dane-zaa), located northwest of Fort St. John, B.C. in Treaty 8.
Verena’s working relationship with the Treaty 8 Tribal Association (T8TA) goes back to 2008 when she filled many roles concerning the Peace River Valley and the proposed Site C dam project. Additionally, Verena worked as the Claims Researcher doing oral history interviews. After leaving the T8TA for a few years to work full-time as an interviewer with Tobias and Associates and to start a family, she returned to the T8TA at the end of 2016 to work as the Treaty and Aboriginal Rights Research Archivist.
Her educational background includes an Applied Arts Degree and a technical diploma in Land and Resource Management. Verena continues to pursue further education in social sciences and is currently completing a certificate in Reminiscence and Life Story Work. She also builds her knowledge outside the classroom with Tobias and Associates by working on numerous Use and Occupancy projects across Canada and in Australia.
Verena’s interest and passion in community based research was spurred while working for Doig River First Nation as both a Land Officer and Special Projects Coordinator. Verena was employed by Doig River First Nation for three and a half years.
Aside from her educational pursuits and work responsibilities, Verena enjoys hiking, canoeing, ethnobotany, collecting and pressing plants, and microphotography.