Haileigh Hay is from Sooke, BC. She says she is "eighth generation born-and-raised) and is Metis (Iroqouis, Kalapuya, and maybe Coast Salish)." She is spending a summer working with OneFeather.
Q: What do you do at OneFeather from day to day?
I am a University of Victoria Co-op student, and I am working with OneFeather until September 2019.
My role at OneFeather is largely support staff and administrative: I clean up data in large documents, prepare and mail the mail-in ballot packages and information packages for communities, and do any other tasks needed.
I will hopefully get to travel to a few communities this summer and work on a few voting events.
Q: What is your professional and educational background? How did you become involved with First Nations voting events?
I am an Anthropology student in my 3rd year of studies. Prior to becoming a student, I have worked in the food-service industry, in both both customer-facing and production roles, for more than a decade.
I became involved with elections and One Feather through the Co-op program at the University of Victoria. The opportunity to work with OneFeather looked interesting and is related to my field of study.
Q: What philosophy, interests and values guide your work?
While I’m interested in politics and governance and working with First Nations communities, I also value good customer service. Having worked in the service industry for over a decade, there is something really satisfying about providing an exemplary service to people, especially when it makes clients happy or solves a problem.
As a member of the LGBTQ community I really value trust, acceptance and patience, and these values have so far served me well in professional settings, particularly in working directly with people.
So far, I’ve found patience and trust are important in doing this work. The people who we manage the elections for need to have trust in us, to provide the best service and practices we can.
Most of all, doing things right takes patience.
Q: What professional goals do you hope to accomplish working with OneFeather?
As a Co-op student, I'm really looking forward to learning what it is really like to work as an electoral officer, and especially learning more about First Nations voting, elections and governance.
Still being a student, I am figuring out what kind of work I want to do, and what really interests me.
OneFeather is a reliable, trusted third-party service for First Nations voting events. We are impartial and have no interest in the outcome of an election, referendum, ratification or other voting event, other than ensuring that a vote is conducted in accordance with the rules.
OneFeather's goal is to become the Electoral and Ratification Officers of choice across Canada.
In order to achieve this goal, we are focusing on building our team and identifying possible resources across Canada so that we can deploy local talent for future voting events.