Please join the Snuneymuxw Chief and Council in welcoming Shana Manson as our new Executive Director

Oct. 5/15

October 5, 2015


 Please Welcome Our Executive Director!


Snuneymuxw Chief and Council are pleased to announce the successful applicant for the Executive Director position.  We would like to extend a warm welcome to Shana Manson who will be the Executive Director for Snuneymuxw First Nation for a two-year term.  Please join us in welcoming her to the Snuneymuxw family!


Shana comes to Snuneymuxw with a wealth of knowledge, skills and abilities that will assist her to fulfill the responsibilities and obligations of an Executive Director.    Previously, Shana was a senior Negotiator, a post-secondary Instructor, a Communications Director and has worked for other First Nations on a variety of high level projects.  She also has experience in public service, working with top level government representatives and manages her own business.  Her formal education, qualifications, key competencies and high level work experience together with her appreciation for traditional values is a recipe to produce positive outcomes for our Nation.  We are confident Shana will anchor herself within our current reality while seeking practical pathways to help our organization grow. 


Chief and Council will be working very closely with her to achieve the outcomes set out in our Strategic Plan and Operational Plan.  Her dynamic, confident and superior level of performance will further assist her to manage Administration while implementing the direction of Chief and Council. 


We are happy to bring Shana on to our Snuneymuxw Team and work with our community, Administration and Chief and Council to collectively trail blaze a path forward!





Shana Manson, Lahalawuts'aat, is from the Coast Salish Communities of Snuneymuxw and Lyackson First Nation.  Her Grandparents are Clifford Thomas of Lyackson and Joyce Moody of Squamish Nation.  On her Grandmother’s side her Great Grandparents are George Moody from Squamish Nation and Mary Albany of Songhees, her Great-Great Grandmother is Ellen James of Snuneymuxw her Great-Great Grandfather is John Albany Sr. of Songhees. On her Grandfather’s side her Great-Grandfather is Phillip Thomas of Lyackson, and her Great-Grandmother is Esther Louie of Westholme. 

Shana has a Bachelor's Degree in Political Science (2001) and a Master's Degree in Indigenous Governance (2008) both from the University of Victoria.  She has served as a Communications Director & Senior Negotiations Support for Hul'qumi'num Treaty Group, and served as Negotiator for Hupacasath First Nation. Shana worked as a Sessional Instructor at Vancouver Island University teaching First Nations Self Government; at the University of Victoria teaching Indigenous Resurgence; and at Camosun College teaching Indigenous Economies.  She was elected by the Chiefs of the First Nations Summit to serve as Commissioner to the BC Treaty Commission (2007-2009). She was elected by the Coast Salish Chiefs of Vancouver Island to serve as Representative to the First Nations Health Council (2009-2012).

Shana is the Principal consultant of Shana Manson Consulting since 2009.  As a Consultant she Leverages outstanding interpersonal communication skills to build constructive stakeholder relationships and foster unity and dialogue among First Nations communities pursuant to key political priorities. She is a Detail-oriented expert strategist, harnesses research and analysis skills toward multi-stakeholder solutions-building and policy development, while exercising sharpened negotiation skills to communicate on par with government organizations while championing First Nations interests. She offers exceptional working knowledge of indigenous governance policies and best practices with success securing support, engagement and results. Her work strives to enhance the goals and aspirations of First Nations while being respectful of  the First Nations’ Culture and Traditions. Shana is the mother of two (Taylor and Keany) and resides with her family on Snuneymuxw IR#1 in Nanaimo.

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