Lyana is a member of the Stellat’en First Nation of the Carrier Nation in British Columbia as well as Acadian/Scottish. She has worked in communications and education for almost two decades. She worked in the provincial Treaty Negotiations Office after completing an undergraduate degree which focused her interest on governance issues and why history matters. While working at the Tla’amin treaty table, she started a Master’s degree in the Indigenous Governance program at the University of Victoria. After working as an education advocate for the Victoria Native Friendship Centre, she became interested in the deep connections between education and health, and the social and political structures that could either hinder or promote health and well-being. As Education Coordinator in the Division of Aboriginal People’s Health at UBC for four years, she developed an understanding of Indigenous health issues both in Canada and internationally. Throughout her academic and professional work, Lyana has maintained a deep commitment to ensuring that Indigenous community knowledge is meaningfully included in all aspects of knowledge production.
Lyana is currently a Liu Scholar Alumna and was a doctoral candidate in the School of Community and Regional Planning. It is a welcoming place for interdisciplinary study and she is grateful for the opportunity to explore connections between planning, history, health and storytelling.