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Valine Crist serves as Secretary to the board of Sierra Club BC, sits on the Steering Committee with the Friends of Wild Salmon and is co-founder of Haida Gwaii CoASt and Swiilawiid Sustainability Society. Her academic and advocacy work is committed to upholding Indigenous title, rights, and environmental justice. Her grassroots organizing became a way of life when a mega-oil export project threatened her Motherland. She has a Master’s degree in anthropology. Her thesis analyzed the diverse alliance formed in opposition to Enbridge’s Northern Gateway, which was motivated by a deep sense of place and strong connection and responsibility to Haida Gwaii.