Biologist – Fish Water Management Tool, Okanagan Nation Alliance
Dawn Machin is a member of the Okanagan Indian Band, part of the Okanagan (Syilx) Nation. She holds a BSc from the University of British Columbia. After receiving her degree, she started as the Okanagan regional biologist for the then Canadian Columbia River Inter-Tribal Fisheries Commission, and then moved the Okanagan Nation Alliance where she was responsible for program management of the Fisheries Department. Key tasks were related to the Nation’s vision to restore Okanagan Sockeye to the Basin, and establishing strong technical partnerships with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans and the then Ministry of Environment, and with our Okanagan relations in Washington State. At this time, Dawn was a board member of the provincial crown corporation Fisheries Renewal BC (1997-2001) and participated in local stewardship groups, such as the Thompson Basin Fisheries Council. She was then blessed with three boys and the opportunity to devote her time to raising them and learning nsyilxcn (the Okanagan language). She has since returned to the Okanagan Nation Alliance to reconnect with the people and community involved in the management of Syilx resources.
Fish/Water Management Tool for decision support