Carden Consulting is a First Nations consulting practice established in 1997 with more than 20 years of service excellence and experience in organizational development, community development and research projects for First Nations and their partners in the public and private sectors.
At all times Carden Consulting is committed to providing service excellence and building First Nation capacity for the benefit of future generations.
Laara Yaghujaanas, M.A., owns and operates Carden Consulting, which she established in 1997 . Laara is from the yaghu ‘jaanas clan of the Haida Nation, and carries her great grandmothers name “Kun G aadaas”. Laara has two children and works with her life partner, Mark F. Salter. Laara is committed to effecting positive change for the benefit of future generations, and has strong values of respect, integrity, excellence and community responsibility.
Ms. Yaghujaanas holds a Masters Degree from Royal Roads University, was awarded the Royal Roads University Founders Award, has completed the Justice Institute Conflict Resolution and Negotiation course, is a CTT Certified Consultant (Level 2), is a member of the Council of Native Development Officers (CANDO), is a member of the New Relationship Trust Economic Development Support Team, and is listed on the Business Development Bank of Canada’s Aboriginal Consultant roster.
Mark Salter joined Carden Consulting in the summer of 2017 as Project Consultant after a working with the Songhees Nation to achieve their goals of developing successful intergovernmental partnerships. Mark works with Laara, his life partner, and is committed to empowering First Nations effect positive change for the benefit of future generations, and has strong values of respect, integrity, excellence and community responsibility. A key component of Mark’s work has been the purposeful planning to enhance the capacity, and self-determination of Aboriginal peoples.
Mark’s family has worked successfully with local First Nations for several generations on Vancouver Island. Throughout the course of his work Mark has a developed wide variety of skills that has helped him to develop intergovernmental partnerships (e.g. Justice Institute Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program), and has been recognized by the Capital Regional District and Governor General for Environmental Leadership benefitting the regions of Southern Vancouver Island.
Mark is working towards his Masters degree in Intercultural and International Communication at Royal Roads University.
Carden Consulting gratefully acknowledges the opportunity to work on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish peoples, including the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.
"At Leq’á:mel we are very fortunate to have Laara and Mark advising us through some very important processes. As we work towards defining what our future looks like we have developed our Governance Policies, Notice of Assertion, and begun the work on our Constitution which will help to define our Sovereignty.
With the commitment to this work by our leaders, Elders and family advisory, which was guided by our vision, our Strategic Plan came to fruition. Laara and Mark were able to draw out even more of those teachings, knowledge and aspirations that will help us to transform and transition our community into that strong and Sovereign Nation.
We are confident that if we continue on this path all of this hard work will serve to strengthen and empower our community, families and individuals. With their excellent facilitation skills, it made our work easier."
- Chief Alice Thompson, Leq’á:mel First Nation.
"Our organization began working with Laara Yaghujaanas of Carden Consulting in 2009. Laara has a unique ability to condense seemingly complex issues into a simplified plan. We have worked with Laara at the Tsilhqotin National Government (TNG) on separate occasions for focused sessions on strategic planning and larger Nation strategic planning and continue to call on her services.
We are grateful to work with a First Nation organization when doing this level of work. Our interests are in good hands."
- Crystal Verhaeghe, Executive Director, Tsilhqotin National Government
“At the 15th Annual Aboriginal Land Resource Management Forum Laara Yaghujaanas hosted an incredible workshop titled Negotiation Strategies, in which she shared her wealth of knowledge with her keen audience composed of leaders from the aboriginal community, and natural resource industry.
Delegates commended this workshop as a remarkable tool for improving all stakeholder group’s understanding of practical means for mutually beneficial partnerships; further citing Laara as an excellent facilitator, and knowledgeable speaker.”
– Madeliene Merrick, Conference Producer
“I'm writing this to let you know how pleased I am with your facilitation of the NVIT Aboriginal Governance Leadership Program during the past six months. I find it remarkable that you were able to produce the finished product so quickly and so professionally. "
- Neil Sterritt, Sterritt Consulting, & AGLP Committee Member.
"Awesome lady with the skills to match, very focused on the task at hand, excellent reporting skills, and a great asset to any community or Nation requiring rebuilding."
- Kukwpi7 Perry Redan, St'at'imc Nation
"Laara has a keen intellect, gets to the root of problems and issues very quickly and expresses her ideas clearly. She is able to identify the broad range of implications various actions may precipitate. She recognizes problems before they occur. Her advice on issues is thoughtful and thought provoking. She is extremely fair and highly respected in the Aboriginal community. Her manner is kind and supportive and as a result of her guidance and excellent organizational skills VCC made major advancements in the support of Aboriginal students and the promotion of Aboriginal Education offices on both campuses. The enrolment of Aboriginal students has increased significantly at VCC as a direct result of Laara's efforts."
- Barb Ash, (former Dean of Student Services, Vancouver Community College).
“I found Laara to be very knowledgeable, forward thinking and capable worker, with a sincere interest in meeting the needs of the ABSN and Aboriginal community. Laara has helped to establish the ABSN as a viable source for Aboriginal business information and explored potential partnerships that add to the services available to the Aboriginal entrepreneur. Laara is very easy to work with, and has demonstrated an ability to work both independently and as a team player.”
- Larry Casper, Chair ABSN BC
“… I have found Laara to be dedicated, tireless and a highly motivated individual. Her professionalism has also enabled us to work together in such diverse ways. Working with Laara has also provided me with an opportunity to review material that she has researched, compiled, and/or composed. Some of the material has been internal to the ABSN and other items have been content on firstbusiness.ca. As with all her work, these reports and documents have been of a very high standard.”
-Don Ross, Secretary ABSN & Manager Kootenay Aboriginal Business Advocates Society
“Laara displays many positive professional qualities. She is an excellent researcher, well-versed, committed and addresses people in a culturally sensitive manner. Laara goes beyond her work duties to make people feel comfortable and empower her clients. I would certainly recommend Laara’s services in the future and look forward to sharing more interactions with her.”
- Lyla Brown, B.S. W.
“I find Laara to be a pleasure to do business with. Laara has a talent for dealing with difficult situations of all natures and I feel that she has a great future ahead of her. As a board member with Tale’awtxw Aboriginal Capital Corporation I have worked with Laara for the past six years. I also own my own business, which Laara has helped me to develop with some much needed strategic planning and good financial advice. She is a bright and talented individual that would be an asset to any endeavor that she takes on. Laara is also loyal to her clients and will not leave a job unfinished. Her quality of work is exceptional and I look forward to working with her again.”
- Rosilee Wilson, TACC Director
502-3608 Deercrest Drive,
North Vancouver, BC V7G 2S8
Ph: (604) 988-9500
We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and all the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play.