CCAB certified to provide Indigenous cultural awareness & sensitivity training

Indigenous engagement, cultural awareness & sensitivity training

Providing Indigenous engagement, economic/business development and cultural awareness advisory services.

Indigenous engagement, cultural awareness & sensitivity training

Providing Indigenous engagement, economic/business development and cultural awareness advisory services.

What Indigenous insight does ...

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The importance of Indigenous cultural awareness and reconciliation should be a priority for business

Qwastånayå (L. Maynard Harry) has accumulated a wealth of practical knowledge and experience in the following areas:


  • First Nation culture and heritage (including archaeology and traditional land and resource use)
  • Economic and business development
  • Intergovernmental relationship building
  • Leadership and governance
  • Treaty negotiations / Aboriginal rights and title
  • Canada's implementation of its colonial tools (i.e. Indian Residential School System; Indian Reserve System; federal Indian Act)
  • Reconciliation


Maynard can assist in developing an existing Indigenous Relations/Aboriginal Relations Department or new cultural awareness programs.


MAYNARD IS A CCAB CERTIFIED CULTURAL AWARENESS TRAINER - ONLY ONE OF TWO IN BRITISH COLUMBIA.

about Qwastånayå

A member of the Tla'amin Nation 'Qwastånayå served as his community's Chief Councillor for only two years but in this time led his community in a movement that resulted in the May 10, 2003 signing of the historic ‘Community Accord’ between the Tla'amin Nation and the City of Powell River. This intergovernmental working relationship continues to live today with a new Community Accord being reaffirmed in a signing ceremony held in June 2018. The principles contained in the Community Accord are simple and based on respect, acknowledgment and open transparent communication. These principles are easily transferable to the business world. All developed Indigenous / Aboriginal Relations / Stakeholder Relations Departments should start in the same place; simple, positive and respectful communication. Significant obstacles to positive intergovernmental relationships include human nature and politics.

Maynard understands what First Nation leaders look for when pursuing business partnerships. His in-depth knowledge of the history and culture of Aboriginal peoples, their traditional land and resource practices and archaeological footprint comes from years of working closely with traditional land and resource use experts, Elders and other leaders. Maynard can help strengthen your community engagement plan which can lead to significant competitive advantages.  Maynard's strength has always been an ability to assemble strong teams. Over the years, Maynard has worked with many proven people across many industry sectors. If your situation requires something Maynard cannot provide, he can reach out into his network and find individuals with proven ability.  


Maynard was bestowed with the traditional Tla'amin name 'Qwastånayå on May 10, 2003 by the Tla'amin’s Elders immediately before the signing of the historic Sliammon First Nation - Corporation District of Powell River 'Community Accord'. This intergovernmental work was recognized by Powell River with a ‘Freedom of the City’ in 2008 and by the Governor-General of Canada with a Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2013.  Qwastånayå is a member of the Tla'amin Nation 

Tla'amin Nation Appointments

  • Economic development     
    • President, Tla'amin Holdings Board


  • Review and Appeal Panel Alternate - 2016 to 2018