An accomplished business professional with over 23 years of industry experience. A collaborative analytical and dynamic leader with extensive executive and operational management background. Involved in the deployments of fiber optic, wireline and wireless networks throughout Canada and Western US deploying over 10,000 km of network infrastructure. A leader within top tier telecom organizations and construction firms throughout western Canada, with the belief of inclusivity and diversity. An entrepreneurial spirit with a passion for paradigm shifts challenging “the everyday way it’s been done”.
“Success is not final, failure is not fatal:
It is the courage to continue that counts” – WC
Taanishi, Tansi, Weykt, and Hello,
My name is Mike Faisthuber and I am a Metis (Cree) educator who is grateful to live, learn, and play in ne Secwepemcúl’ecw, the unceded territory of the T’Kemlups te Secwepemc nation.
For all of my professional career, I have prided myself on working closely with First Nations communities. During my time at University, I helped manage a youth mentorship program for First Nations youth at Children of the Earth (C.O.T.E) school in Winnipeg, Manitoba. At the time, this was the first and only all Indigenous urban school in Canada. Organize the Winnipeg Aboriginal Sport Achievement Center (W.A.S.A.C) day camps non-profit, sports-based camps in the inner city of Winnipeg for low-income indigenous youth. Honorary speaker to Indigenous youth and the 2002 North American Indigenous Games (N.A.I.G) about the benefits of physical activity and sport alongside Olympians Waneek Horn-Miller and Alwyn Morris.
In Tadoule Lake, Manitoba worked at Peter Yassie Memorial School for the Sayisi Dene. It was during my time here that I realized the importance of adjusting the high school curriculum to meet the needs of the individual community and its members. As a group of 12, our senior social studies classes focused on employment opportunities within the community and the idea of economic sustainability on Northern Reserves.
British Columbia, 2006 began working at Chase Secondary School. Diversified my role within the school (teacher, coach, athletic director etc.), but the one I found most fulfilling was Aboriginal support teacher. In this role I was asked to work closely with the non-indigenous staff to help Indigenize the curriculum, Chase Secondary has a 50% Indigenous population. Fearing tokenizing the Secwepemc culture, I chose to strengthen the bond between the school and the Adams Lake, Little Shuswap Lake, and Neskonlith Nations. Through this bond, we were able to create an In School Elder Mentor program. This program saw Elders from the three nations come into the school and work with the teachers, students and help bring real, local, indigenous content into the curriculum. This program has been my greatest accomplishment as an educator so far. Currently, operating as Vice-Principal in Kamloops, BC, and hope to help mentor other schools to bring this program into their curriculum.
It is great pride that I can work with 3Echo Communications in supporting this journey “bridging the digital divide”. The vision of creating employment opportunities and economic ventures for First Nations communities is one that I am honored to be a part of.
All my relations.