Simpcw First Nation, British Columbia
Nathan Matthew lives in the Simpcw community of Chu Chua, with his wife of forty-seven years, Marie. His son, Mark is married to Nicole (Paquin) and they have two children, Lucas and Rayel.
Nathan received his formal education from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Recreation Education in 1972, and in 1990, he received his Masters of Education from the University of British Columbia. In 2006, he was presented with an honorary degree from Thompson Rivers University.
As Chief in his community for over 20 years, Nathan Matthew has supported and led many community-building initiatives in strategic planning, schooling, economic development, health and social development and governance.
In addition to his political roles, Matthew has had a strong career in education. He has held significant roles in many institutions including Director of the UBC Short Course for Principals of First Nations Schools, from 1986 to 2005. He was then Executive Director of Aboriginal Education at Thompson Rivers University from 2008 to 2012. He has been a leader in the local, provincial, and national dialogue on self-determination for Indigenous education.
In recent years, Matthew spends his time providing a variety of advisory services to First Nation communities and organizations. He continues his work in First Nations education, particularly in negotiating and advising within the B.C. First Nations education system.
Nathan Matthew’s career in education has been exceptional. He has identified and faced many inequities that still exist today. His passion for change is vital for the success of future generations.