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Trish Naziel

Name: Wiihanxsim (Trish Naziel)

Position: ANABIP Program Coordinator 

Wiihanxsim (Trish) is a Wet’suwet’en member born into the Sun House of the Laksamshu (Fireweed) clan. Her parents, the late Mhutt’ - Amos Naziel Sr of the Tsayu clan and here late mother Misit’iy - Janie Naziel of the Laksamshu clan gave her guidance and groomed her for her traditional name.

Trish received her traditional name Wiihanuxsim 20-years-ago. Wiihanuxsim mean “big mother figure of the clan”. The late Guks’dadeluk, Augustine Morris gave Trish this name. “I am proud of my linage and hold my traditional name Wiihanuxsim with great honor.” Trish has three beautiful children, three beautiful grandchildren and several foster kids whom are adults now.

Wiihanuxsim has dedicated 28+ years in the Social Service field in many capacities. She was an active member of the Witset Child Welfare committee for many years and the early development stages of ANABIP. Three plus years ago Trish joined ANABIP to develop and implement the Wet’suwet’en Cultural Plans.

Trish is now the ANABIP Prevention Program Coordinator, providing strong cultural and clinical oversight to the front-line workers in Burns Lake, Prince George, Vancouver and areas. Along with the many attributes she brings to the team; she recently attained a certificate in Indigenous Focus-Oriented Therapy and Complex Trauma. “As a practitioner, IFOT helps me work with clients in a compassionate, inspiring and effective approach. Land based healing is amazing! “

As a Wet’suwet’en matriarch, I am proud to be in this role. Increasing Wet’suwet’en nation-based support and advocacy to our Wet’suwet’en membership regardless of where they reside.  I do this work because my core strengths are in line with the Wet’suwet’en Wellness Conceptual framework.  “I love seeing our Wet’suwet’en nation/members coming home and being an integral part of their house and clanship,”

Meet Trish Naziel

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