Since starting at Nature United in 2013, Claire has helped develop and shape Nature United’s approach to working in partnership and collaboration with Indigenous peoples. She has worked on how Nature United can show up as a respectful partner, evolve the practice of being in right relations with Indigenous peoples, and continue to learn and change as an organization. In her current role, she focuses on opportunities to work in partnership to advance Indigenous-led conservation at broader scales with a focus on Indigenous governance and planning, Indigenous stewardship capacity, support for emerging and existing Indigenous leaders, and sustainable financing for Indigenous stewardship.
Before starting at Nature United, Claire was the coordinator of the Coastal Stewardship Network with the Coastal First Nations Great Bear Initiative, providing support to member nations Indigenous Guardian programs. She has also worked as a Forestry and Environmental Advisor for Cowichan Tribes, and as a First Nations Outreach Coordinator for the Sierra Club of B.C.
She has a Masters in Resource and Environmental Management from Simon Fraser University, where she focused on Indigenous values in community-based forestry, as well as a Bachelors in Biology and Environmental Science from Trent University.
When she’s not working, Claire spends time with family and friends. She loves to get outside and is happiest when she’s in the forest or near the ocean.