RICK BUDHWA
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 is also the Executive Director of the Bulkley Valley Research Centre and 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 FRANKS
Applied Anthropologist

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 LEWIS
Applied Anthropologist

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 EVASCHUK
Applied Archaeologist

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.

AMANDA FOLLETT
Communications Specialist

Amanda Follett is a Smithers based freelance writer and communications specialist. She completed her Bachelor of Journalism in 1997 at Carleton University in Ottawa, Ontario and worked for several years as a community newspaper reporter in Canmore, Alberta. In 2006, Amanda moved to northern B.C., where her interest in First Nations culture inspired her to do her master’s thesis examining media coverage of the Tahltan First Nation’s fight to save northern B.C.’s Sacred Headwaters. She holds a Master of Arts in Communication specializing in International and Intercultural Communication from Royal Roads University in Victoria.

KELI WATSON
Applied Archaeologist

Keli has been studying and working as an applied archaeologist for over 20 years. Keli completed her BA in Archaeology of the Near East at Wilfrid Laurier University and her MA in Interdisciplinary studies at the University of Northern British Columbia where she combined anthropology with First Nations Studies to apply practicable methods of involving First Nations rights and traditions with the practices of field archaeology and artifact analysis.

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.

SHKENDIE KABA
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.

SARAH WEBER
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.

MICHELLE LOCHHEAD
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.

BARB MCFEE
Financial Manager

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.