ZELDA WILLIAMS‘ late mother and ancestors belong to the Musqueam First Nation. She works in Mission and resides in Sts’ailes territory. As an indigenous early childhood educator, Zelda is actively involved in implementing diverse cultural celebrations, particularly at the Future 4 Nations Aboriginal Head Start program, where she has been the manager and head preschool teacher for 20 years. Her hope is for First Nations early childhood educators to become proud of who they are and where they come from, to gain experience and knowledge of protocols of the territory they reside in, and to implement culture in a respectful way, showing strong leadership.
Zelda is a founding member of the FNPN. Her leadership brought songs to the Network, the art of weaving that is part of her family’s legacy, and a sense of sisterhood which was a powerful bonding element in the initial stages of our work.