June Johnson

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Language: Kwak̓wala
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Language: Liq'wala

Home: Campbell River

Years Working Towards Language Revitalization: 5+

June went back to school as a mature adult. She has earned her First Nations Traditional Plant and Medicine Certification, completed her Developmental Standard Term Certificate, and ishe s working towards her Bachelor of Education while running her full-time First Nation Accredited Catering Business.

June is a mother of two and a grandmother of five. She is always there as both Elder and Teacher for anyone wanting to know about traditional plants, language, protocol, or anything else she can help her community with.

She teaches in our HeadStart and preschool programs within the school district, and she was part of the School District #72 Science Fair and took many of the children out to look for traditional plants in preparation for this event. All of the children love her.

She truly is a champion of our language.

Nominated by Pamela Lee Lewis