Edith Loring-Kuhanga, Nox Gyes is from the Wolf Clan of the Gitxsan Nation, BC. In August 2007, she was given the head Matriarch’s name within her house, Nox Gyes recognizing the role that she carries in her family and across Canada. She feels honoured to be able to live and work on the traditional territories of the Coast Salish people.
Nox Gyes is the mother of two sons and four grandchildren. In addition she raised two nieces and two nephews and always had her door open to many other other nieces and nephews who were looking for support along the way.
Edith has her Bachelor of Education Degree and a Masters in Education Leadership. For the past 30 years, she has worked extensively in the education and health fields. She owned and operated her own company called, First Nations Training & Consulting Services for 21 years which provided training and consulting in the areas of education, health, child care, head start, proposal writing, leadership, governance, administration, policy development and economic development. In May 2002, Edith was awarded the YM/YWCA’s Women of Distinction Award in the Education, Training & Development category recognizing her contribution to First Nations education in Canada.
For the past few years, Edith has worked primarily at improving the health and well-being of First Nations people. She has had the privilege of assisting communities in expanding their health programs and services for pre-natal, children, youth, Elders, those with disabilities and other community members.
She takes great pride in assisting communities to incorporate a more holisitc approach that blends traditional and cultural teachings and practices with modern medicine.
Nox Gyes has had the privilege to sit on many local, provincial and national boards. She has been an elected school trustee for the past six years: 2008 to 2011 with the Saanich Board of Education SD#63 and from 2011 to current with the Greater Victoria School Board SD#61.
Edith is extremely proud of championing the motions and raising issues such as : encouraging all middle and secondary schools to adopt a “Whole School Suicide Prevention” model to address suicide ideology; tracking all children in care and ensuring that they receive the proper supports; encouraging the board to ensure that all SD61 policies align with the current proposed federal legislation Bill C-13 on cyber-bullying; and providing the public with the opportunity to ask questions during the public board meeting. The Q&A will be raised again in the fall and she is hopeful that it will be a standing item on the Regular Board Meeting Agenda. She also championed the motion that the Ministry of Education provide a required course on residential schools to all graduates to increase their understanding of the impact of residential schools on First Nations people in BC. The motion was passed at the April 2014 AGM.
Edith believes in fully funded public education. She will continue to stand up and fight to ensure that all children receive the education that they need and deserve.
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(Authorized by Julius Kuhanga, Financial Agent for Edith Loring-Kuhanga)