Helen Clifton

Hartley Bay, British Columbia

Helen Clifton is the Matriarch of the Blackfish Clan, Gitga’at Nation. She is a teacher, a communicator, a protector of the environment, an adviser, a map maker, social worker, midwife, preserver of language and a bridge between communities. She is revered for her teachings of traditional and sustainable practices of food gathering and preservation. She believes that these must continue to be a living activity. Importantly, Helen has shared her knowledge with academics and students from across BC and Canada. Helen is an extraordinary elder and leader, a keystone in the arch of her community, who injects positive energy into all community projects, keeps on eye on everyone’s welfare and ensures that traditions are alive and passed along.


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