Secretary Treasurer, Nisga'a Lisims Government
The Gathering Place
The Nisga’a Nation elected Corinne McKay to position of Secretary Treasurer in the November 2012 election and she was re-elected November of 2016. She had served as council member for Gitwinksihlkw Village Government in 2004 – 2008. Prior to that she volunteered as a Chairperson and Treasurer of the Prince Rupert Nisga’a Local.
Corinne is Ganada (Frog/Raven), of the House of Hay’maas. Her Nisga’a name is Bilaam Neekhl, meaning “Pearly Fin”. She is married to Alfred McKay of Laxgalts’ap and has two sons Will and Bertram, and daughter, Melissa and twin granddaughters. Her parents are Norma and George Morgan of Gitwinksihlkw.
Corinne has a Masters Degree in Business Administration, specializing in Executive Management; Bachelor of Commerce Degree, major in Accounting, minor in First Nations Studies; Diploma in Business Administration; Clerk Bookkeeper Certification; as well as a Nisga’a Studies Certificate. She had the privilege to learn Nisga’a Language and Culture through Wilp Wilxo’oskwhl Nisga’a by taking courses with late Dr Bertram McKay and his wife Audrey.
Corinne worked for Northern Native Fishing Corporation for 20 years, leaving a position of General Manager to take a health contract with Nisga’a Valley Health. She has worked as a Bookkeeper, Administrator, Referendum Commissioner, Chief Electoral Officer, Project Analyst, Vocational /Technical Director, College Instructor, Human Resources Manager, and Director of Programs.
She has volunteered for years supporting youth basketball as coach, and treasurer. She was also a Sunday School teacher in Prince Rupert. She references this quote to support the case for more funding for youth: “As the World Health Organization notes, for every government dollar invested in children, taxpayers save $7 in downstream costs, such as policing, addictions and social assistance[i].“ She held a position of Regional Lead for Aboriginal Sports for several years advocating for funding for sports programing in the northwest region.
She readily acknowledges the tremendous efforts of those that made the Nisga’a Treaty a reality from the 1913 Petition to the realization of the Nisga’a Treaty in May 2000. She realizes the importance of carrying on the legacy of the leadership and honouring the provisions of the Nisga’a Constitution and complying with legislation. Her mandate is to continue to provide good, effective, and accountable government[ii].