Tanya is a member of the Likh Tsa Mis Yu/Tsayu (Beaver) clans of the Wet’suwet’en and Nedut’en (Lake Babine Nation) people. She has a diploma in Social Service Worker program from the College of New Caledonia and is a part of the teaching collective for the Indigenous Focus-Oriented Therapy training program as a coach and practitioner. Tanya was born and raised in Burns Lake on the unceded territory of the Laksilyu clan of the Wet’suwet’en. She is a proud mother to her only child; a daughter who has recently made her an even prouder grandmother to her first grandson. Tanya has been on a healing journey for the past 9 years and strives to maintain a healthy and balanced life.
Tanya has worked in social field work for 20+ years in various capacities with family and child support, youth program coordination, early child development, drug and alcohol support programs and women shelters. She is passionate about helping our people remember their indigenous ways of knowing and being and connecting with our yintah (land) to utilize the medicines all around us.
Tanya’s parents were a part of the day school systems. Her dad attended Immaculata day school, and her mother faced harsh racism in the dormitories of Lakes District Secondary School. Her aunts and uncles were also survivors of the Mill Bay hospital. With the intergenerational trauma of residential school, we can sit beside it and connect with the intergenerational strengths and knowledge.