Kathryn B. McLeod

My Nisga’a name is Amgoogidim Lik’ińskw, my given name is Kathryn McLeod. I am Nisga’a on my mother’s side, and Gitxsan and Scottish on my father’s side. Being born into a matrilineal society, identify as a citizen of the Nisga’a Nation, as of May 2000, I have free from the constraints of the Indian Act. I am from the Village of Gitlaxt’aamiks (New Aiyansh), I come from Wilps Gwisk’aayn, and my tribe is Gisk’ansnaat (white grizzly). However, I was born and raised in Ts’msyen territory (Prince Rupert, BC). I hold a Bachelor of Science in Geography from the University of Victoria, and as an alumni of the International Ocean Institute’s Ocean Governance: Policy, Law, and Management training programme (Dalhousie University), I am a member of the IOI Ocean Mafia. A geographer and social/cultural scientist by training, I currently work as Lands Officer for Nisga’a Lisims Government. I am incrediblty passionate about land sovereignty and body sovereignty, the consilience of traditional ecological knowledge and western science in research and decision-making, and most importantly, the empowerment of youth.