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Jaskwaan Amanda Bedard (Haida), Secretary

Jaskwaan (Amanda Bedard) is a committed Xaad Kil (Haida Language) learner, teacher and advocate. Over the past 15 years she has been active in numerous language-learning programs in her community, including: Xaad Kil Gwaaygangee (The Haida Language Nest), Haida Language Immersion, the Mentor Apprentice Program and teaching and curriculum development. Jaskwaan holds a B.A. and M.A. from the University of Victoria, in History and Indigenous Governance respectively.  She has recently attained her teaching degree from Simon Fraser University and currently holds the position of Haida Language and Culture Curriculum Teacher for School District #50 Haida Gwaii. Jaskwaan is committed to bring Xaad Kil into her home and speak to her children, and believes that with community healing, as well as hard work and dedication, Xaad Kil can thrive once again.
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