The council was announced in June, and consists of eight other members. It's intended to be representative of a cross-section of Aboriginal groups, and includes women from all areas of B.C.
Paulette has an impressive resumé for the position as she currently sits on the Native Economic Development Advisory Board for the Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation, and is Vice President of the B.C. Aboriginal Business Service Network Society and a Board Member of the Fort St. John Métis Society. She also has multiple awards including an Aurora Award of Distinction as the Aboriginal Women of the Year in 2009, was appointed to the Northern Development Initiative Trust in 2007 and named the Economic Developer of the Year by the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers.
The council will be responsible for providing advice to the government with the intention of supporting aboriginal women. It will ensure programs are effective, and host discussions in communities.
Council chair Wendy Grant John says, "to have Aboriginal women advising on matters that directly impact the day to day lives of women from across the Province is a positive step forward. There is a great deal of important work to be done, but I believe that we have assembled an excellent team."
The council will sit for two years, and will meet with the Minister of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation at least twice a year.