Jessie Hemphill

“And my role often is to give them some technical skills to mobilize their intuition and knowledge in the service of planning for their own nations, their own people.”

Jessie Hemphill (Tlali'ila'ogwala, or "Bridge Between the Worlds") is from the 'Nakwaxda'xw, Ligwitlda'xw and Métis nations. Jessie was raised in rural Port Hardy, BC, on the northern tip of Vancouver Island. Her love for her community has led to her to a career in community planning and facilitation, working with First Nations and organizations all over Canada through her company, Alderhill Planning Inc. It also led her to a seat on Port Hardy's town council, where she was first elected in 2011 (and again in 2014) as the youngest woman in Port Hardy's history, and the first person from a local First Nation. She has a Master of Community Planning degree from Vancouver Island University in Nanaimo.
Nakwaxda'xw, Ligwitlda'xw and Métis nations
Urban Planner