Karen Dunstan

Karen Dunstan
Canadian Alternate Commissioner

Karen Dunstan

Born and raised in Lytton, BC, Karen is NI aka’ pamux, a member of the Lytton First Nation (LFN), residing on her family farm on the westside of the Fraser River in Lytton, BC, with her spouse Bob.

Karen is currently working for Nlaka’pamux Nation Tribal Council (NNTC) under the corporation of A.E.W. LP, as Community Coordinator. A.E.W. LP was formed in 2017 by the NNTC Communities to carry out on-the groundwork related to archeology, environment, and wildlife protection. A.E.W. LP is guided by the fundamental Nlaka’pamux Law: “Take care of the land and the land will take care of you”

With years of experience working with First Nations in various organizations within her community, she was Economic Development Manager for LFN for 9 years, prior to that she worked as the Executive Assistant to Chief and Council of LFN; supported students in grades 8 to 12 at Stein Valley Nlaka’pamux School as the Career Personal and Planning Teacher; worked as the Lytton First Nation Child Welfare Planning Secretary during the planning-phase for Nlha’7Kapmx Child and Family Services (NCFS) and then as the Executive Secretary to the Board of Directors, as well as the Financial Administrator for NCFS for eight years. This work experience has given Karen a wide range of experience working with corporations, municipal, federal, and provincial governments and developing relationships with BC indigenous governments.

Karen has a certificate in banking and financial services, Simply Accounting through Thompson Rivers University. She is also certified in Professional Aboriginal Economic Development through the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO), completed the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program at the UBC Sauder School of Business and completed the Archeological Field Assistant Program through Camosun College. Karen has experience of being a board member for New Pathways to Gold Society, the Community Futures Development Corporation of Central Interior First Nations (CFDC-CIFN), Lytton District Chamber of Commerce and BC Trappers Association. She remains to be a Board Member for Stein Valley NIaka’pamux School Board, which is owned by the Lytton First Nation and for the Habitat Conservation Trust Foundation.

In her spare time, she enjoys beading, sewing, hunting, trapping, camping, fishing, gold panning, gardening, gathering traditional foods, food preservation & cooking. But most of all, spending time with family, especially her grandchildren.

Appointed in September, 2023

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