Toquaht Nation Coun. Kirsten Johnsen was officially sworn in as part of the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District board on Wednesday.
“With this event, the Toquaht Nation officially joins the regional district board of directors and completes the representation of the Maa-nulth nations whose territories overlap the boundaries of the regional district,” said ACRD chair Josie Osborne.
The Toquaht will be represented by Johnsen who has sat as an observer at the ACRD board table since May. Coun. Noah Plonka will serve as alternate.
“Kirsten is an elected member of council for the Toquaht Nation which is located in Barkley Sound,” said Osborne.
“She sits as the chairperson for Toquaht council and executive and grew up in Ucluelet.”
Having lived all over Vancouver Island, she came back to serve as Toquaht communications director in the lead up to the ratification of the Maa-nulth Treaty.
Currently, Johnsen serves as law clerk for the Toquaht.