ONC Staff Profile
Indigenous Community Learning Coordinator, Corporate Services
Cody connects youth from local communities with the science and data from ONC’s ocean observatories and the place-based Indigenous knowledge of the ocean that exists within their territory. He adapts the learning programs to the needs and interests of the community and region and recruits local youth to work with the community, elders, and students and classes to inspire the next generation of ocean scientists, marine resource managers, and environmental stewards.
Cody is Sto:lo from Sq'éwlets, located in his traditional territory of S’olh Temexw (The Fraser Valley). His traditional language Upriver Halq'eméylem and he comes from the Williams and James families on his matrilineal side, who originated in what is now known as the Lake Errock and Hope, British Columbia.
Cody graduated from The University of British Columbia’s Okanagan Campus with a Bachelor’s Degree in English, in 2017 where he focused his studies on Indigenous Literature and Indigenous Art. He has worked at The BC Art Councils as the Indigenous Protocols and Reconciliation Liaison. In his spare time, Cody enjoys reading, hiking, painting and learning.