The Indigenous Child and Family Services Directors are supported by a secretariat who provide a variety of policy, planning, and administrative services.

Bart Knudsgaard (MSW), Policy Lead

Bart Knudsgaard, Policy Lead

Nation/Ancestry/background: Danish and French
Education: Masters of Social Work – Indigenous Specialization – University of Victoria
Publications/Dissertation/Thesis: How one becomes what one is: Transformative Journeys to Allyship –
Relevant Experience

  • Delegated Aboriginal Agency Executive Director
  • Ministry of Child and Family Development Aboriginal Services Branch Manager
  • Ministry of Child and Family Development – Social Worker and Supervisor

“Be the change” Ghandi

Tracy Lavin (PhD), Policy Analyst

Tracy (left) with her partner Jen (right)

Tracy Lavin, Policy Analyst

Nation/Ancestry/Background: Scottish, Irish, Polish
Home community: Grew up on the traditional territory of the Abenaki nation of Missisquoi
Education: PhD in Developmental Psychology
Publications/Dissertation/Thesis: Culture and the acquisition of Nouns and Verbs
Relevant Experience: Principal Researcher at the Canadian Council on Learning; research consultant for First Nations Education Steering Committee

If you think you’re too small to make a difference, you’ve never been in the dark with a mosquito.

Davis McKenzie (MCM, BA, PDP), Communications Consultant

Davis (left) with his Chi Chia Elsie Paul (right)

Davis McKenzie – ʔajɛmaθot, Communications Consultant

Nation/Ancestry/background: Tla’amin Nation, Swedish and Scottish ancestry
Education: Masters of Communications Management McMaster University
Publications: As I Remember it
Relevant Experience- Managed communications for the establishment and transition of services to the First Nations Health Authority, Principal Toxw oxw, Becoming Clear Communications

“Nothing good happens after midnight” Chi Chia

Kayla Swing (BA), Policy Analyst

Kayla (center) with her gran, Alice (left) and grandpa, Gus (right)

Kayla Swing, Policy Analyst

Nation/Ancestry/Background: Da’naxda’xw/Awaetlala First Nation, Bangladeshi, English, Scottish
Where did you grow up:  Traditional territory of the K’ómoks First Nation
Position: Policy Analyst
Education: BA in Anthropology, University of Victoria
Publications/Dissertation/ Thesis: None (maybe one day!)
Relevant Experience: Indigenous Youth Internship Program- MCFD

If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change – Wayne Dyer

Doug Hughes, Consultant (BA,MSW)

 Doug Hughes, Consultant

Ancestry: Irish, grew up in Prince Edward Island

Education: Masters of Social Work in Administration at University of Calgary, Executive Leadership Certificate at Queens University, BA in Political Science at St. Mary’s University.
Publications/Thesis: A Cost Comparison of Placement Outcomes of Treatment Foster Family Care to Residential Care, University of Calgary (1992).
Relevant Experience: Provincial Director of Child Welfare, Deputy Minister of Mental Health and Addictions, Assistant Deputy Minister with MCFD and MOH. Front line child protection worker. MCFD Executive Director for Aboriginal Operations, Regional Executive Director of Interior Region. Secondment to Aboriginal Peoples Family Accord.

“Those impacted by the change need to be part of the change process.”  Change Management Principles, Kotter.

Marc Woons (PhD)

Mark with statue of decolonial hero Kwame Nkrumah.

Marc Woons, Management Consultant (Project Management and Strategic Planning)

Nation/Ancestry/Background: Settler Canadian of German and Dutch Descent
Education: PhD in Political Philosophy (Leuven, Belgium) with a focus on Indigenous self-determination in settler colonial states.
Relevant Experience: Worked in the Deputy Ministers office at MCFD

“what is possible could never have been achieved unless people had tried again and again to achieve the impossible in this world” Max Weber

Ky Scott, Policy Analyst

Ky Scott, Policy Analyst

Nation/Ancestry/Background: Irish and Icelandic (Matrilineal) British and Métis (Paternal)
Where did you grow up?: Musqueam First Nation Territory (Richmond, BC)
Education: Theatre Arts Diploma, Social Service Worker Diploma, Bachelor of Social Work (in progress)
Publications/Dissertation/Thesis: Stay tuned!
Relevant Experience: Practicum placement with Directors Forum Secretariat; Integration Support Worker for Children, Youth, and their Families

“…we accept the idea that knowledge does not only reside within the mind. Our hearts can also perceive what we may not see with our eyes or understand with our minds.” -Leona Makokis

Michelle (Morning Star) Doherty

Michelle (Morning Star) Doherty, Communications Administration

Nation/Ancestry/Background: Cowessess First Nation, Cree Saulteaux (mother) and Irish Australian (father)
Where did you grow up?: Squamish Nation Territory (Canada), Gabrieleño and Costanoan Territory (California), Kulin Nation and Bundjalung Territory (Australia)
Relevant Experience: Business owner/operator, retail, public relations, intergenerational survivor

“Upon suffering beyond suffering the Red Nation shall rise again, and it will be a blessing for a sick world; a world filled with broken promises, selfishness and separations; a world longing for light again. I see a time of Seven Generations when all the colors of mankind will gather under the Sacred Tree of Life and the whole Earth will become one circle again.” Chief Crazy Horse, Oglala Lakota.