Rhea is a member of the Nisga’a Nation from the village of Gingolx, Ts’msyen from the village of Metlakatla, and has mixed European ancestry (Norwegian, Scottish and British). As Senior Policy Lead at the First Nations Technology Council, the central focus of her work is to provide support in national and provincial research, policy development, and advocacy efforts in order to advance a coordinated, comprehensive, and collaborative approach to achieving digital equity for Indigenous Peoples in BC.
She holds a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of British Columbia and is grateful to have the opportunity to continue to listen and learn in her efforts of supporting the advancement of Indigenous Peoples' self-identified goals. An Indigenous feminist, she is dedicated to approaching her work from a strength-based and systems-thinking perspective in the examination of how government policies influence the unique and nuanced experiences of well-being within Indigenous communities. Rhea is a strong believer in compassionate and collaborative approaches to public policy design and is committed to contributing to the development and maintenance of systems of community care.