Regional Coordinator- Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island Region
Sport and Physical Activity Coordinator
James was born and raised in Gitxsan laxyip (territory) in the village of Kispiox, BC. He is proud to be Gitxsan on his mother’s side and Haisla on his father’s side. His traditional name is Ato’olagasxw and he belongs to Wilps xGwiomtxw from the Lax Gibuu (wolf) clan. He grew up playing basketball and soccer, and later honoured his Haisla roots specializing in basketball.
In 2015, he graduated from Camosun College with a Degree in Sport and Fitness Leadership and a Sport Management designation. Since graduating he has found his passion working with Indigenous youth in various roles within the Friendship Centre movement. First, as a community-based researcher, then as a youth support worker, and most recently as a Manager of Youth Programs at VNFC. James is passionate about working from a youth-centered approach and using sport, physical activity, and recreation as a tool to help young people develop leadership skills, self-confidence & self-efficacy, and fundamental life skills.
He is a big Toronto Raptors fan (GO RAPTORS!). In his spare time, he enjoys being creative and practicing North West Coast formline art, practicing film photography, and being in nature with his partner, Rosalie, and their newborn baby girl, Misaax.