Jacinda Mack knows better than most how devastating mining disasters can be. Her indigenous community of Xat’sull, located near Williams Lake, British Columbia was severely impacted by Imperial Metals’ Mount Polley Mine tailings dam disaster in 2014.
As a mother, water protector and Indigenous woman, Mount Polley was by no means the beginning of Jacinda’s concerns. For years she has spoken out about threats posed by badly regulated mining activity in B.C. Through organizations like First Nations Women Advocating Responsible Mining Jacinda has become a thought leader on water protection and mining reform throughout the province and beyond.
Jacinda is from the Secwepemc and Nuxalk Indigenous Peoples. Raised on the land and in her indigenous communities, she has worked with First Nations communities on the central coast and northwest of B.C. as a community organizer, researcher, natural resources manager and self government coordinator on First Nations territory-related issues. Jacinda’s advocacy and story-telling is featured in two recent award-winning documentaries – X-Boundary and Uprivers. She holds a Master of Arts degree from York University’s Communication & Culture Program, and a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Victoria. Photo credit, Chris Clark