Jess Housty is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation, and serves her community as an elected tribal councillor and chairperson of the Lands Portfolio. She also helps to operate an Indigenous-led non-profit called Qqs (Eyes) Projects Society, which has an open mandate to build community capacity for cultural and natural stewardship in the Great Bear Rainforest.
Jess is a writer, a land-based educator, and a community organizer focused on the intersections of social and environmental justice. She is also the recipient of honours including the Ecotrust Indigenous
Leadership Award and the University of Victoria Provost’s Advocacy and Activism Award. She resides in Bella Bella, BC surrounded by five generations of her extended family.