Andrew D. Robinson
Andrew D Robinson is the Industry Relations Officer for the Nisga’a Lisims Government. He holds a Masters of Arts Degree, with distinction from the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and an undergraduate degree from Malaspina University College. Mr. Robinson was a board chair and vice chair for the UNBC Board of Governors and currently sits on ministerial advisory committees for B.C.
Mr. Robinson has a lengthy history of public service, including managing the Nisga’a Lisims Government’s Ayuukhl Nisga’a department and the McLeod Lake Indian Band, where he hosted and engaged with numerous intergovernmental agencies for the Treaty 8 partner. He also worked for the B.C.’s Office for the Representative of Children and Youth and as a Deputy Representative for an Office of the B.C. Legislature. He was appointed as the Chief Administrative Officer for the Nisga’a Village of Laxgalts’ap, where he held the post for 10 years.
In his roles to date, Mr. Robinson has advocated for Indigenous Peoples along B.C.’s Northwest Coast in mental health, education and economic development. He has championed rights-based discussions where Indigenous thought can be brought to the forefront with western epistemology, motivated to find the common ground that binds the northern community. Upon returning to his ancestral homelands, Andrew built strong bonds within the community that focus on the ability of local laws under a modern treaty to assist traditional knowledge in a contemporary melding of thought.
As the Chief Administrative Officer for the Nisga’a Village of Laxgalts’ap, Mr. Robinson was a key player with the communities elected officials in implementing the community charter, engaging in robust annual plans and inclusive governance models that the plans enshrine. In working with the federal government and contracted groups in B.C. on the Coastal Mitigation Plan for Indigenous Communities in B.C., Mr. Robinson advocated profusely for their community, showing his tenacity to engage with our treaty partners on active engagement in modern self-governance in Canada.
Mr. Robinson has brought this vigor to his role as Industry Relations Officer for the Nisga’a Lisims Government, engraining into benefits agreements programs and services that afford the Nisga’a Nation a unique opportunity to grow and flourish within our lands. He brings forth a unique stance that was engrained in him as a young man while growing up with his great grandparents and community members, who were passionate about the potential to reclaim their rightful place as leaders along the Lisims.