Richard welcomes John Makson, senior public relations advisor, to episode 30 of the Land Decolonized podcast. John has worked with the resource centre in several important capacities and has taken the lead on the creation and promotion of this top-ranked Apple Canada podcast.
In this episode he talks about why the podcast is engaging listeners (not just in Canada) and what he envisions for the upcoming season.
John is a proud member of the Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, from the Wolf Clan, of the Kahienkeha’ka people from South Eastern Ontario. After attending Queen’s university John moved to British Columbia to work with the Federal Treaty Negotiation office in 1998. John moved on to Statistics Canada to work on the 2001 Aboriginal Census and Aboriginal People’s Survey, and then to the start-up First Nations Statistical Institute.
John accepted a full-time position with the First Nations Land Management Resource Centre in 2007. John has worked as a field technician in BC and was the Manager for the Western team. For 10 years he was happy to have worked with communities throughout British Columbia on their land code process and community ratification votes. In 2016 John accepted the position of Manager of Communications, and most recently, went on to focus on Public Relations for the Lands Advisory Board and Resource Centre.