Janna Wale is Gitxsan from Gitanmaax First Nation, and is also Cree-Métis on her mother’s side. She has previously worked with BC’s Ministry of Environment and Climate Change Strategy, as well as with several Indigenous-led organizations.
Where possible, Janna uses a complex human-environmental systems approach, and believes that this lens can be used when looking for ways to bridge western and Indigenous climate work. At the University of British Columbia – Okanagan, Janna’s research focused on climate resilience in Indigenous communities, using a seasonal rounds model. Janna holds a M.Sc. in IGS Sustainability, and a B. Nrs. (Hon.) in Natural Resource Sciences.
In 2023, Janna was the recipient of the Anitra Paris Memorial Award for female youth climate leadership through Clean Energy BC. She also published a report in collaboration with the Yellowhead Institute, and was named as an Indigenous Trailblazer through Diversity in Sustainability.