It’s time for a change in how the BoG responds to faculty members. It is time for new faculty voices. Charles has served four terms as Member-at-Large on the Faculty Association of UBC (FAUBC), 2001-2007, 2012-2014. As a resident of the university area Charles has served two terms as elected Director of the University Neighbourhoods Association (UNA), 2012-2016. He has been a faculty member at UBC since 1996. While at UBC Charles’ research has focused on First Nations natural resource management, decolonization, and social justice and fairness in human relations.
The University needs a Board that is accountable, transparent, values shared governance, and is responsive to faculty, staff, and students. This past year, we heard loud and clear why the Board needs a renewed commitment to accountability and shared governance.
Charles is recognized as a strong advocate for shared governance, transparency, and democratic process. As a past representative of faculty in the UBCFA and University residents in the UNA Charles consistently advocated for the expansion of democratic principles and effective community engagement. As an elected governor Charles will value community input and uphold best practices of accountability and governance.
Charles has a PhD in anthropology from the City University of New York and has published in anthropological, political economic, and Indigenous Studies journals. His most recent book is People of the Saltwater, a story of his home community Gitxaała, north coast BC.