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Eli Enns, BA, JSC

Iisaak Olam, President and Co-Founder
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Eli Enns is an internationally recognized expert in bio-cultural heritage conservation, reconciliation and climate change action. Utilizing both a western university education, and traditional knowledge from his Nuu-chah-nulth Elders, Eli has designed and implemented engagement strategies for projects and programs including a wide spectrum of community needs. Eli has expertise in First Nations program administration, capital project management, green and culturally appropriate housing and the deployment of renewable energy solutions in remote communities, all in the context of fostering alternative pathways to economic certainty through International Dispute Resolution.

Engaging universities from a community perspective, Eli has collaborated in several community-based research initiatives including the Protected Areas and Poverty Reduction program with Vancouver Island University (VIU) and the University of Victoria (UVic). Eli has also co-supervised several student research projects, guest lectured at universities across Canada, and developed curriculum on First Nations Governance. Eli’s written contributions have been featured in the Journal of the American Indian at the Smithsonian Institute and most recently in the Oxford Press 5th edition of Environmental Change & Challenge by Dr Bruce Mitchell and UVic’s Dr Philip Dearden.

From 2005 to 2012 Eli co-directed a diverse team that delivered the Tyhistanis Equilibrium Community Project, and co-founded the Ha’uukmin Tribal Park, both within the Clayoquot Sound UNESCO Biosphere Reserve on the west coast of Vancouver Island. Today, Eli is president and co-founder of the Iisaak Olam Foundation and works with several other organizations including The Canadian Commission for UNESCO Man and the Biosphere Programme (CCMAB), The Indigenous Peoples and Community Conserved Territories and Areas (ICCA) Consortium and The Pacific Peoples Partnership. In addition to his community level work in sustainable development, Eli has been affiliated with the POLIS Project on Ecological Governance at UVic for several years, collaborating in projects and speaking at events.

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