Skip to main content

If you have any questions, please contact our office.

Office hours

Please note that the Indigenous Initiatives staff have moved online until further notice. During this time, all inquiries and requests should be sent by email to and we will respond as quickly as possible. In-person drop-ins are not available.

For more information on BCIT’s COVID-19 institute response, please see the latest update on BCIT’s Breaking News.

Counselling and Student Development has developed a COVID-19 Mental Health at Home for the BCIT community.

General contact information

Phone: (604) 432-8474
Fax: (604) 431-0724
Office location: Burnaby Campus, Building SW1, Room 1521

Indigenous Initiatives
British Columbia Institute of Technology
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, British Columbia
Canada V5G 3H2

Our team

Kory Wilson, Kwakwaka’wakw

kory wilson portrait

Executive Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships

Kory is Executive Director of Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships at BCIT, as well as a lawyer, Kwakwaka’wakw, writer, speaker and educator. Kory has designed and taught many innovative programs and courses such as Langara College’s Haida Gwaii Field School and Aboriginal Studies program and SFU’s Good Governance, Moving Beyond the Indian Act course, among many others. She was instrumental in the creation of six open-sourced BC Campus Indigenization Guides and recently created and launched the BCIT Indigenous Vision. Kory, a sought after advocate for Reconciliation, assists BCIT in Indigenous awareness training, cultural activities, policy reviews, hiring and student support. Kory serves on more than 10 non-profit boards and as a founding member of UBC’s President’s Advisory Committee, has been involved in two UBC Indigenous Strategic Plans.


Tami Pierce, Tsimshian

tami pierce portrait

Associate Director, Indigenous Initiatives and Partnerships

Tami joins BCIT with more than 25 years of experience advancing Indigenous education.She holds a Bachelor of General Studies and a Master of Education from Simon Fraser University. A proud Indigenous (Tsimshian) and Japanese woman, Tami was born and raised in Prince Rupert and has been a guest in the unceded traditional territory of the Coast Salish peoples since 2003.


Zaa Joseph, Dakelh (he/him)

zaa joseph portrait

Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

Zaa Derik Gammel Joseph was born in Victoria and raised in the Tl’azt’en Nation Territory and Vancouver. His motivation comes from his upbringing around the value of life-long learning. As a father, he relates to balancing work, school, and family. His role is to provide a safe and productive environment for students, make available the resources on and off-campus and provide opportunities to give back through initiatives such as the Peer Mentoring program. Indigenous Initiatives’ Gathering Place is an environment for studying, to receive support and to meet each other. Zaa is proud to stand beside Mary, Alf, Kory, Tami, Leah, Celeste, Jaime and Blair to support BCIT’s diverse Indigenous student population.


Leah Falstead, Metis

Advisor, Indigenous Initiatives

Leah Falstead is a proud Métis woman, born and raised in Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. As a BCIT Métis alumni, Leah’s schooling was funded by Access Futures and Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC). She is delighted to now be able to give back to the community who has been so generous with her. Leah is honoured serving as an Advisor with Indigenous Initiatives and truly looks forward to helping many students thrive in their educational experiences at BCIT.