Debra Campbell is a member of the Musqueam Indian Band, a Coast Salish Community located on the south arm of the Fraser River at the mouth of the Pacific Ocean in Vancouver, BC. She spent most of her early years in the lower mainland of BC and later moved about the province to satisfy her career desire in First Nation Land Management.
Debra received her post-secondary education at Langara College, via the University of British Columbia, Vancouver, BC in the Business Administration Program in 1980. In 2007 she earned a certification as a Facilitator of Adult Learning from Loyalist College, Belleville, ON via the First Nation Technical Institute and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Public Administration and Governance at Ryerson University, Toronto, ON. Debra will continue her studies in the Political Science Masters Program at Queens University, Kingston, ON next fall.
Debra has been working in First Nation land management for approximately 30 years and has participated in many projects, boards and commissions, nationally, provincially and regionally. Projects include the Delegated Authority Funding Project to address the inadequacies of land management funding in 1987; Band Enhanced Powers Project; Chartered Lands Act Project which evolved into the development of legislation known as the First Nations Land Management Act; Coast Salish Fisheries Initiative; Advisory Committee on the Evaluation of Land Management (AANDC); Land Registry Project; the Land Stewardship Training Initiative (AANDC) and participated in the development and delivery of the Regional Lands Administration Program (RLAP) and the Land Management Training Program (LMTP). She has sat as the Aboriginal representative on the Kelowna Chamber of Commerce and was fortunate to have the opportunity to deliver a presentation on First Nation land management to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on the First Nations Land Management Act.
Over the years, Debra has worked for and with the Department of Indian Affairs and Northern Development as well as many First Nations and First Nation organizations in the area of land management, including Musqueam Indian Band, BC; Westbank First Nation, BC; Sliammon First Nation, BC; Tsawwassen First Nation, BC; Coldwater First Nation, BC; Cowessess First Nation, SK.; Whitebear First Nation, SK; Sto:Lo Nation, BC and the National Aboriginal Land Managers’ Association, ON.