Presenter ( Marie Samuel)

Marie Samuel is a highly respected Elder from the Uchucklesaht Tribe. She credits her strength to her Grandmother's Nuu Chah Nulth teachings that she received growing up on the west coast of Vancouver Island. This guidance was paramount in Marie's resiliency, especially upon her return from Indian Residential School (IRS). She has worked hard to move from an IRS "survivor" to a "thriver" as a role model for her beautiful children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren. Marie has had a long career as a counsellor and currently provides cultural support across the province to IRS survivors and their families.