Brenda Sayers

Brenda Sayers is Hupacasath First Nation’s portfolio holder for the Canada China Foreign Investment Promotion and Protection Agreement (FIPA). As the Financial Administrator of Haahuupayak School, an independent school teaching Nuu-chah-nulth language, song and dance to First Nations children, Brenda has a deep respect for First Nations education. In 2012, following a sixteen-year struggle, Brenda and her colleagues finally achieved full funding for the community school she cherishes. Alerted to the Canada-China FIPA via Elizabeth May’s website, Brenda was astounded that our Federal Government would enter into such a dangerous agreement. She noted how Premiers of every Province, empowered to challenge FIPA, were not coming forward to protect their citizens. Once Brenda learned First Nations rights and title could be impacted by FIPA, she approached her Chief and Council to examine the risks for her nation and later to begin a major court and public awareness battle.