Coastal Connections Webinar: Celebrating Indigenous Women

To celebrate International Women’s Day (March 8, 2022), Coastal First Nations hosted an evening webinar on Zoom—featuring a dynamic group of matriarchs from across the North and Central Coast and Haida Gwaii.

In this special discussion, the first in an upcoming series called “Coastal Connections,” our panelists share their thoughts on the importance of women leadership throughout coastal communities—and everywhere!


  • Christine Smith-Martin, CEO, Coastal First Nations (co-host)
  • Leslie Brown, Haida Nation (co-host)
  • Marilyn Slett, Chief Councillor, Heiltsuk Nation; President, Coastal First Nations
  • Linda Innes, Chief Councillor, Gitxaala Nation
  • Jennifer Walkus, Councillor, Wuikinuxv Nation
  • Barbara Wilson, Haida Nation (opening prayer)

Watch the full Zoom discussion below: