Paulette Flamond is a strong and proud Metis woman who grew up in Battleford, Saskatchewan before finding her way to the Peace Region 25 years ago and settling in Charlie Lake, BC.
Ms. Flamond is a local business owner in Fort St John who has created a specialty store, Scoop Clothing, which caters to women in the region.
In addition, as an engaged and knowledgeable member of her community and the surrounding region, she has long been an advocate for entrepreneurial and capacity development for Metis, Inuit, First Nations and urban peoples. As the Executive Director of the Northeast Aboriginal Business Centre for the past 18 years, Ms. Flamond has always worked with her clients to build skills and find solutions through challenging and diversified economic times and opportunities. Through her leadership, the Centre has maintained its relevancy, and Ms. Flamond has again shown her understanding for changing times through creative solution-based thinking by building social enterprises within the organization. In addition to her work with ICBC Board of Directors, Ms. Flamond works with the Indigenous Tourism BC Board. Ms. Flamond has a combined 30 years of experience sitting on both federal and provincial boards, and is currently enrolled in a Professional Director Program.
She has been honoured with many awards for her advocacy work, including the Northern British Columbia Business and Technology Mentor Award, Aurora Award for Distinction for Aboriginal Woman of the Year from Community Futures, and the Economic Developer of the Year Award from CANDO. In 2019, Ms. Flamond received the BC Achievement Foundation Award of Distinction for her leadership, innovation and entrepreneurial endeavours for elevating Indigenous business in BC.
From 2011 to 2019, she was fortunate to be appointed by the provincial Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation to the Minister’s Advisory Council on Aboriginal Women, and she continues to be a strong voice for all women.
In September of 2020, Ms. Flamond ran in the Metis Nation of BC provincial election and won as the Northeast Regional 7 Director. She was appointed thereafter as the Minister of Health.
All of the work that Ms. Flamond does in her personal and professional capacity is ingrained with the theme of unity. For those that know her and trust in her leadership, she is a committed and professional mentor, spiritual advisor and loyal and supportive colleague.