Principal, Applied Anthropologist
Rick Budhwa is an applied anthropologist who has worked within the realm of Indigenous cultural resources for nearly 25 years. From his experiences, Rick envisioned Crossroads CRM to be a company which filled a need within the field that ensured projects went beyond typical archaeology to reflect the complexities and intangible aspects of culture for past, present, and future generations.
Rick attended the University of Western Ontario where he received his BA in Anthropology. Later, he completed a Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Archaeology and Master’s Degree in Anthropology/First Nations Studies/Archaeology at Simon Fraser University. Today, Rick teaches anthropology, archaeology, history, and sociology at the Northwest Community College. He also volunteers time for several government, industry and Aboriginal committees, as well as at local elementary and secondary schools.
Rick has been formally adopted into the Gitdumden Clan of the Wet'suwet'en peoples in the traditional territories where he lives with his wife and two young boys.
Jocelyn joined Crossroads after receiving her BA in cultural anthropology from the University of Northern BC in 2008 and has gained immeasurable experience working with the diverse Indigenous communities in the coastal and interior regions.Jocelyn has acted as a community liaison, researcher, and coordinator for CCRM projects ranging from ancestral burial grounds, traditional land use studies, to socio-economic studies. Through her work, Jocelyn has brought her attention to detail, good humour, and excellent analytical skills to her work. Jocelyn has spent many hours in the communities we serve and recognizes the importance of cultural revitalization and grassroots development. As a result, she is always brainstorming unique ways to ensure capacity building, education opportunities, and traditional customs are incorporated into all of our projects.
Carla is from the Gitdumden clan of the Wet’suwet’en Nation. She has worked for Indigenous peoples communities, and organizations since starting out as a youth advocate before graduating from high school.
Carla has a Masters Degree in Indigenous Governance (UVIC) and BA in First Nations Studies and Cultural Anthropology (UNBC) along with education and training in adult education, office administration, and international development. Carla has worked extensively for indigenous organizations and academic institutions in locations across Canada, Guatemala, and Costa Rica in the areas of traditional knowledge recovery, cultural resurgence, language revitalization, decolonizing methodologies, and community-based education, research, and sustainable development.
Since joining Crossroads, Carla’s work has included a broad range of desktop and community-based research combining her love for writing, photography, and graphic design into inclusive projects that focus on Indigenous Methodologies.
Dana received her BA (Hons) in Anthropology in 1995 and has been working in consulting archaeology in British Columbia, particularly the Central and Southern Interior since 1996. Dana has the ability to hold permits in the central interior of British Columbia and has a wide range of experience working on various forestry, mining, hydro-electric, transportation, public and private projects. Dana has worked closely with various First Nations communities in many capacities both learning from and providing cultural heritage resource and archaeological training to community members. She has a deep respect for First Nations and the importance of maintaining a trusting relationship in order to reach common goals.
Dana has considerable experience recording CMTs, aboriginal trails, trap sets, cultural depressions, lithic sites, burials, historic remains (i.e. cabins) and as well as the development of various cultural heritage databases for a variety of clients. She has excellent knowledge of First Nations’ use of flora in British Columbia and continually strives to learn more about First Nations traditional ways of life.
Keli has had an exciting career in cultural resource management where she has worked as a lab manager, field director, project director and senior archaeologist on a variety of projects throughout Ontario and British Columbia.Keli’s professional interests include lithic technology, technological organization, restorative justice, GIS and regional site distribution, ethnobotany, geoarchaeology, and community based research methods and she has also studied the forensic archaeology of mass graves and the application of forensic archaeology and anthropology to restorative justice and human rights cases, with practical experience in Guatemala.
International Communications Specialist
Shkendie has more than 15 years’ experience working in community mobilization and behaviour change initiatives for organizations in post-communist Albania and south-east Europe. Shkendie completed her Master of Arts degree in International Communication Management at the Hague University of Professional Education in the Netherlands.
Shkendie moved to Canada with her husband and daughter in autumn 2012 and joined CCRM in 2014. She brings her broad array of skills to our team, ensuring that our projects run smoothly as we collaborate together across the province, with a broad range of communities, and diverse stakeholders. Her strategies for communications and project management are unparalleled.
Cultural and Ecological Resources Specialist
Sarah has fifteen years of diverse experience in social, ecological and cultural aspects of ecosystem management. She applies a holistic, integrated approach and is interested in bridging different ways of knowing.
Sarah completed her M.Sc. Forestry (Aboriginal Forest Policy) and B.Sc. Natural Resources Conservation at the University of British Columbia. With a passion for being in the forest, she spent many years conducting ecological fieldwork, wildlife surveys, habitat assessments and silviculture work across BC. Always interested in the relationship between people and environment, Sarah has contributed to socio-economic, land use and traditional use studies in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Nunavut.
Through international travel including journeys in Altai, Mexico and South America, Sarah gained perspective on the needs for and approaches to cultural resource management worldwide.
Traditional Land Use and Occupancy Specialist
Michelle Lochhead has 27 years of experience working with First Nations, government, and industry in Northern BC, where she has built an exciting career where she had used her expertise as a cartographer and GIS technician, researcher, and planner to implement and coordinate projects in regional planning, Indigenous specific claims and land claims, and historical, archival, and geneaological studies.
Michelle brings her technical skills and immense knowledge of the histories, cultures, and communities in the north to play a key role in CCRM projects.
Crossroads financial manager Barb McFee learned her bookkeeping skills while running an automotive business with her husband, Duncan, in Burns Lake, where she grew up. During her four years living in Edmonton, she did her an online certificate through Okanagan College before returning to Smithers six years ago for Duncan’s work with Canadian Helicopters.
Crossroads is lucky to have Barb organizing us: “All things must balance,” she says about her interest in bookkeeping. “There’s a final answer and it makes sense. I don’t do well with abstract. I’m all about the rules.”
When not organizing the Crossroads crew, Barb loves a good book — she’s especially fond of historical fiction and, in particular, Diana Gabaldon’s Outlander series. She shares her working hours between Crossroads, the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and her father’s Burns Lake-based logging business. She and Duncan have two daughters: Meaghan, 20, and Andrea, 16.
Born and raised in the Bulkley Valley, Mary is an anthropology graduate from the University of Northern British Columbia. For six years Mary operated a remote wilderness lodge south of Dease Lake. From slinging pies as a camp cook, to running rivers as a guide, to balancing off of floatplanes as a dockhand, Mary has worn many hats. Despite being happiest while stranded in the wilderness, Mary is currently living in Victoria, B.C. where she is focused on continuing her career and education in Anthropology, specifically in community-based research.
Sean O’Rourke is a student in the Master of Arts Interdisciplinary Studies program (Geography and Psychology) at the University of Northern British Columbia. He is passionate about combining anthropological and psychological research in order to enact measurable changes for the communities he works with. Sean received a Master of Arts in Research from Mount Saint Vincent University (2017), where he worked with elders, parents, and archaeologists in a Yup’ik village in western Alaska to improve education programs for local youths stemming from a nearby archaeological excavation. His current research is with an Evenki community in Eastern Siberia, where he is exploring how ability to engage in subsistence activities, such as hunting and reindeer herding, enable Evenki to construct meaningful existences for themselves (lives they feel are worth living), despite state dispossession of their traditional territories, which has made these activities increasingly difficult.
Since completing a Bachelor of Arts and Science in Psychology (BSc.) and Anthropology (BA) from the University of Lethbridge (2015), Sean has conducted ethnographic, psychological, and archaeological research with Indigenous communities throughout Alaska and Yukon Territory, as well as historical archaeology in southern British Columbia.