Keynote Speaker

Patrick Michell- Chief of Kanaka Bar Band

Patrick Michell is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation and his home community is at the Kanaka Bar. Patrick received an Administrative Management diploma from Douglas College and a Bachelor of Laws degree from UBC.  Patrick became Chief of Kanaka in May of 2015. With a community mandate to find ways to become self sufficient in terms of  energy, agriculture, economy and employment, Kanaka’s Council has initiated the process to achieve full self-sufficiency using permaculture as one of its four pillars. Kanaka Bar has seven year-round fresh water sources, land, people and sun – all essential elements necessary to plan and implement a year-round source of community produced meats, fruits, vegetables. Rather than go big, the community has embraced small scale agriculture and diversity as the community path forward.  For more information on Kanaka, please visit their website and in particular, the video section: &

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