Vancouver Coastal Region
Ernest Armann is a member of N’quatqua of the Stl’atl’imx Nation. He has been married 20 years and is the father of 3 children – 2 sons and a daughter. Mr. Armann has worked as Band Manager for the past fifteen years. In this role he has been responsible for administration of all Band Operations including health and social programs.
Mr. Armann has received formal training in Administration through UBC/Sauder School of Business and has a Diploma in Public Administration/Administering Aboriginal Governance from UVIC.
Mr. Armann also serves as a Resource Advisory for Lower Stl’atl’imx Tribal Council and provides advisory services for four communities: Douglas First Nation, N’quatqua, Samahquam and Skatin Nations. He has served on a range of boards and committees and was selected to sit as a member of the First Nations Health Council during its reformation last spring (2010). Mr. Armann represents one of three seats for the Health Council from the Vancouver Coastal Region Health Governance Caucus.
FNHC Deputy Chair
Leah, whose ancestral name is Sisi-ya-ama, is a member of the Tsleil-Waututh Nation (TWN), located in North Vancouver. Leah was the first woman elected Chief for the TWN and served for 3 terms.
She holds a degree in Anthropology from Simon Fraser University and is currently attending Law School at University of British Columbia. She is on leave from her position as the Director of Treaty, Lands and Resources for the TWN, a position she has held since 2001. Leah also is serving her fourth term as the elected co-Chair for the First Nations Summit, and is a board member for the TWN Olympic Legacy Trust as well as the Lands Advisory Board. Leah is married and has a daughter in University.
Maria Martin is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation. Maria joined the First Nations Health Council in January 2014. Maria was appointed as the Central Coast Rep for the First Nation Communities of Kitasoo, Oweekeno, Nuxalk and Heiltsuk communities that are situated in the central coast of BC. Prior to her appointment, Maria was an active part of the Central Coast Community Hub. She holds her commitment to working with Integrity, reciprocal accountability, and building strong partnerships with community and government, she strives to be objective, open and ethical in the work of the Health Council, while providing political leadership, advocacy and implementation of the tripartite agreement and supporting the priorities in Health priorities of all BC First Nations