As a member of BC’s Nlaka’pamux First Nation, Francyne was raised in her Interior Salish culture and traditions with a strong sense of community. Growing up on-reserve with her ranching grandparents and single mother, she acknowledges that residential school, substance abuse, discrimination and poverty were a part of her childhood - but family, community, and the land provided her with the values that guide her through life.
As the former President of the Native Women’s Association of Canada and the BC Native Women’s Association, Francyne is committed to empowering Indigenous people through her work and philanthropic efforts. Her first-hand knowledge and experience on issues such as MMIWG, human rights, housing, education, and justice, have made her a fierce advocate for Indigenous people in Canada. She has presented on these issues across Canada, at the United Nations (Geneva and New York City), Organization of American States (Washington, DC), in Mexico, Morocco and Peru.
Currently working with the National Association of Friendship Centers, Francyne’s role allows her the opportunity to collaborate with the Friendship Centers who provide Urban Indigenous persons with resources for education, training, housing, legal assistance, youth programs, leadership training and more. Her continued focus is to advocate and educate on Indigenous issues and to provide mentorship for others who want to develop skills in leadership and governance.
Based in Ottawa and Kamloops, BC, she is most happy having large family dinners, doing her best on the golf course, or relaxing with a glass of Okanagan wine and her friends. Kukwstsétsemc!