Carden Consulting is a First Nations consulting practice established in 1997 with more than two decades of service excellence and experience in Nation Rebuilding, with a focus on strengthening leadership and good governance, organizational development, community development and research projects.
At all times Carden Consulting is committed to providing service excellence, using indigenous methodologies, action research approaches, indigenous methods, and building capacity at every step for the benefit of current and 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 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 cofounder of the Kileepi Pisessi Reconciliation Society.
Laara is currently planning her doctoral thesis on Indigenous Governance in Canada.
Mark Salter joined Carden Consulting in the summer of 2017 as Project Consultant after a working with the Songhees Nation to 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.
We look forward to working with your Nation to support improved quality of life for all members today, and future generations.
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.