Pilot Advisory Leadership

The FNPN Advisory Committee assembles leaders in First Nations ELCC along with  a representative of ECPN to help advise and support the development of project curricula, inquiries, activities and strategies and makes recommendations regarding implementation and sustainability of the Network. FNPN’s Pilot Advisory Committee acknowledges contributions of ECPN leadership to key Network advisory conversations and processes.

JO-ANN ARCHIBALD, Q’um Q’um Xiiem, from the Stó:lō and St’at’imc First Nations in British Columbia, is Professor Emeritus in the Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia. She received a Bachelor of Education (B.Ed.) degree from the University of British Columbia, a Master of Education (M.Ed.) degree and Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree from Simon Fraser University. Over a 45 year educational career, Jo-ann has been a school teacher, curriculum developer, researcher, university leader and professor. In 2018, Jo-ann was appointed an Officer of the Order of Canada for her lifelong contributions in advancing Indigenous education in K-12 and post-secondary education through policy, programs, curricula, and research.

SUE STERLING-BUR comes from the Nlakap’mux Nation and Sto:lo Nation and is a member of the Dumdehmyoo (Bear) Clan with the Nadleh Whut’en from the Carrier Sekani Nation. Sue is an Instructor for the Social Work Department at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC. She volunteers for many communities, Provincial and National committees that focus on developing healthy children and families, including being an active Board Member for BCACCS. Sue is a Ph.D. student at The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and working with Dr. Jeannette Armstrong and Dr. Rachelle Hole. Sue’s doctoral research will focus on gaining a better understanding of an Indigenous perspective on the belief of giftedness for children with disabilities. 

ALAN PENCE, Ph.D., is UNESCO Co-Chair for Early Childhood Education, Care and Development and Professor Emeritus and former Director of the School of Child and Youth Care, University of Victoria. He has worked in the ECCE field since 1971, in academia since 1980, with Indigenous communities since 1989, and in African ECCE since 1994. Prof. Pence established three specialized research and development units at the University: Unit for Child Care Research (UCCR, 1990, currently www.ecdquality.org); First Nations Partnerships Program (FNPP, 1992-2008, www.fnpp.org); and the Early Childhood Development Virtual University (ECDVU) and related initiatives in Africa (www.ecdinafrica.org).