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Sarah Robinson

Sarah Robinson, Canadian Women's Foundation Board Member

Sarah Robinson is a citizen of the Fort Nelson First Nation and the Saulteau First Nation in Treaty 8 territory. She is married into the Toquaht Nation and lives in their small village of Macoah on the west-coast of Vancouver Island.

She is a proud stepmom to Tristan and an auntie to many. Sarah founded Rainwatch Advising in 2015 to provide support to First Nations and other organizations across Canada. She also offers cultural awareness training to various organizations and government departments. In 2019, she produced a short video, “Indigenous/Canadian Histories 101: what you didn’t learn in high school,” that is available as training to the entire BC Public Service.

Prior to founding Rainwatch, Sarah worked as the Director of Operations at the Toquaht Nation and was responsible for implementing its modern-day treaty under the Maa-nulth Final Agreement. Prior to that, she facilitated negotiations at over 20 treaty tables across BC. In 2016, the BC Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation appointed Sarah to the BC Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women, which advises the provincial government on improving Indigenous women’s quality of life. In 2017, she spoke about “Indigenous Women and the Story of Canada” at the #WalrusTalks National Tour kick-off event in the Yukon. In 2018, the BC government invited her to speak at the re-establishment of the BC Human Rights Commission.

Sarah is a Director of the Banff Forum, which annually brings together emerging leaders to enhance education and discuss public policy in the territories now known as Canada. She is also a Director of the Central Westcoast Forest Society, a BC-based conservation and habitat restoration society, and is appointed to the Toquaht Housing Authority.

She is studying law at the University of Victoria, and is an Action Canada Fellow. Find her on Twitter @sarahc_robinson or at Rainwatch.

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