ʔuuqʷaatisʔaqsup (Cynthia Dick)
Director, Port Alberni Port Authority
Panelist: Working with First Nations
ʔukłaamaḥ ʔuukʷatisʔaqsup, mamałnii ʕimtii Cynthia Dick, c̓išaaʔaqsumaḥ. c̓awaaknakaḥ t̓an̓a ʔukłaama Arianna Watts. ʔumʔiiqsakaḥ Eileen Watts, c̓išaaʔatḥ, n̓uw̓iiqsakaḥ Richard Dick Sr., c̓išaaʔatḥ, ʔiš ʔuḥikʷitaḥ n̓uwiiqsu Carl Bob, Snaw-naw-as, nananiiqsakaḥ Ron and Marlene Dick, Deborah Bob, ʔuḥikʷitaḥ nananiiqsu Anita and Wattse Schievink, John Watts Sr., Carl Bob Sr.
My name is Cynthia Dick and I am a member of the c̓išaaʔatḥ (Tseshaht) First Nation. Tseshaht is one of the 14 Nuu-chah-nulth Nations located on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada. I was born and raised in Port Alberni, B.C. In 2014 I graduated from Vancouver Island University with a Bachelor of Arts Degree, Major in Sociology and Minor in Psychology. I have served as the youngest and first female elected Chief Councillor for Tseshaht First Nation from 2016 until December 2020. I have had the privilege of being the Provincial appointee to the Port Alberni Port Authority since October 2018. The work that I do is always rooted in our Nuu-chah-nulth values and teachings, and working towards advancing reconciliation in everything I do. I am a strong believer that we will always achieve more when we work together in a collaborative and respectful approach.