Rural and Remote Division of Family Practice

Graham Gillies, Chapter Coordinator - Bella Coola

2021-10-04 Graham Gillies.png

Graham is the Bella Coola Chapter Coordinator as of October 2021.  Graham attended Simon Fraser University and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts, with a major in Communications and a minor in First Nations Studies.  Here, he participated in an oral testimony project documenting family testimonies during the 2017 B.C Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women's Inquiry.  This experience had a significant influence on him and his passion for justice and healing.  He joins the team with over five years experience working as a Communications Manager and Strategic Advisor within various First Nations led organizations and government settings.  In 2017, he co-founded and managed an Indigenous community radio network with the Tsilhqot'in Nation that is dedicated to language revitalization and emergency management. His interests also include public policy and dialogue around systemic racism, mental health, and poverty reduction.  Currently, he resides in Surrey and enjoys creating music in his free time.  One of his personal goals is creating new opportunities and access to music and studios for youth and underserved populations.  He makes regular trips to Bella Coola as part of his ongoing work with the Nuxalk Nation on the reconstruction of the House of Numst' heritage building that will be the new home of Nuxalk Radio.