Testimonials

NATION-BUILDING REVOLUTION

“We bring in faculty, people who have a variety of experience and depth, and in this nation-building revolution that has been going on, and many of the lessons that they share are stories from Indian Country.”

Jaime Pinkham (Nez Perce) | JIT Faculty 2012-present

Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

PARADIGM SHIFT

"...I've actually had a shift, like a paradigm shift, which is [an] incredible thing to happen to somebody that's been working for over 20 years in Indian Country..."

Elva "Cookie" Allen | JIT 2017

Owner, Advanced Management Strategies

THE NEXT STEP

"JIT has offered a lot of insight into how other tribal communities have dealt with issues... how tribes have pursued their identity and demonstrated self-determination. The next step is trying to see if we can make those efforts in our community too."

Mikhail Sundust (Gila River) | JIT 2016

Acting Managing Editor, Gila River Indian News

TOOLS FOR MY PEOPLE

"When I take courses in professional development it really re-ignites my fire, my passion. What do I want to do moving forward? How can use what I learn here, the tools, for my people?"

Nicole Charley (Confederated Tribes of Warm Springs) | JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Executive Assistant, Office of the Executive Director, Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fish Commission

EXECUTIVE STANDPOINT

"...these are things that I am dealing with right now, from an executive standpoint, and these are issues that I need to have more resources on. All courses apply and had answers for me that I couldn’t get from [anywhere] else."

Tiger Brown Bull (Oglala Sioux Tribe) | JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Executive Director, Oglala Sioux Tribe

IMPLEMENTATION

“Power, self-governance, and self-determination…now I know the information to back it up and how to implement that with the nation.”

Rachel Hood (Yavapai-Apache Nation) | JIT 2017 & Tribal Professionals Cohort Member

Councilwoman, Yavapai-Apache Nation

CULTURAL MATCH

“...it gives another perspective of self-governance and what strong institutions are in our communities and how those can culturally match or culturally fit in terms of their relationships within the wider communities.”

Dean Jarrett (Gumbaynggirr) | JIT 2016

PhD Candidate and Fulbright Fellow, University of Technology, Sydney Australia

ADVANCING OUR INTERESTS

"...it brings together Indigenous people...to critically think about things and get into those uncomfortable spaces.. as a group of young Indigenous leaders trying to advance our interests. If you want to talk about building nations... this is the place to be."

Kluane Adamek (Kluane First Nation) | JIT 2017 & Simon Fraser University eMBA Cohort 2016-2019 Member

Director of Government Relations, Northwestel

SEVEN GENERATIONS

“The seven generations behind me, I want to be there to help them lead a good path. The level of teaching here is beyond any scope that I've seen.”

Louis de Jaeger (Red River Settlement Michif) | JIT 2017 & Simon Fraser University eMBA Cohort 2016-2019 Member

President, Stó:lō Business Association

STRUGGLE OF OUR PEOPLE

“It was really powerful, seeing the the work they're doing on an international level. It's a good feeling, coming from what my parents have gone through, the struggle of our people... and then having two kids and looking to the future. It really touched home for me to be a part of this program.”

Kandice Charlie (Xaxli'p Community (St'at'imc Nation) and Sts'ailes Nation) | JIT 2017 & Simon Fraser University eMBA Cohort 2016-2019 Member