Vice President

Kimimila Wiyan (Butterfly Woman) is a mixed heritage woman with Lakota, Chinese and European roots. She is a proud member of Wood Mountain Lakota First Nation in Saskatchewan. Her career began working in architectural technology in the bustling development years leading up to the 2010 Vancouver Winter Olympics. She spent five years honing her skills in contract management, design and consultant work before making a conscious shift toward values-based business. Her career pivoted at that point toward working for and within the urban Indigenous community on Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) lands. Since then, she has focused her energy on celebrating and elevating Indigenous health, culture and economics through many organizations in the community that she has had the privilege to be a part of. Amanda has started three small businesses ranging from architectural technology to holistic health to social enterprise. Today she proudly represents Native Education College as Program Manager of The Essentials: Skills, Culture, Knowledge program and is serving her fourth year of volunteering on the board of directors for Pacific Association of First Nations Women. Amanda is working towards completing her Master’s degree in Leadership and is passionate about building organizational capacity, planning and cultural representation within the urban Indigenous community.