Speaker Detail:
Janet Hanuse

2023 Speaker

Janet Hanuse

Vice President, Engagement and DRIPA Implementation

Royal BC Museum


Janet Hanuse is a descendent of the Gwa’sala, Nak’waxda’xw, and ‘Wuikinukv Nations, with ancestral connections to several others among the Kwa’kwakawa’kw and Heiltsuk Territories on the coast of British Columbia.  AsVice President, Engagement and DRIPA Implementation,Janet is our champion for impactful community engagement and also the voice for Indigenous relations at the Royal BC Museum.   As an Indigenous leader in BC, Janet has maintained a passion for inclusion and empowerment as a pathway toward reconciliation. Her career has cultivated in her a unique ability to build trust-based relationships and to build leadership in program design and delivery for all peoples and cultures who engage with the museum. Janet has worked with the Friendship Centre movement in BC as an executive director and leadership mentor, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, School District No. 85 as the co-chair, with the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training as the Director for Indigenous Skills Training and Education Program, and currently serves on the Board of Directors for the K’awatsi Economic Development Corporation. Janet’s passion is to influence systemic change that supports resilience for the First Peoples of BC. 

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