T´ít´elem SpathEddie Gardner
Eddie graduated from the University of Prince Edward Island with a Bachelor of Arts in 1972. A member of the Skwah First Nation, he works with others in the community to identify and address environmental issues and the protection of wild salmon.
Over the years, Eddie has worked for a variety of federal, provincial, and First Nations governments and private sector agencies across Canada, designing, coordinating, directing, and delivering a broad range of services and programs from an Aboriginal world view. He has also orgnized many conferences related to the Indian Residential Schools and has provided support to the schools' survivors.
Committed to the revival of the Halq'eméylem language, he has gained intermediate fluency of the language and encourages others to do so, too. Through his monthly sweat lodge ceremonies and Medicine Wheel workshops, Eddie spreads his knowledge of Stó:lo culture and traditions to the UFV community and beyond.