Carden Consulting was established in 1997 and has more than a quarter of a century of service excellence and experience in Nation Rebuilding for BC First Nations, with a focus on strengthening leadership and good governance, organizational development, community development and research projects.   

At all times our developmental consulting team 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 E. 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 holds a master’s 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), a member of the Council of Native Development Officers (CANDO), a member of the New Relationship Trust Economic Development Support Team, and is an Advisor for the Indigenous Business Awards.


A key component of Laara’s work has been the purposeful planning to enhance the capacity, and self-determination of First Peoples, through community owned research and tools. Carden Consulting’s’ indigenous methodology and approach has proven in strengthening the self-determination and development of First Nations and their organizations throughout BC. 

Mark F. Salter joined Carden Consulting in the summer of 2017 as a business and life partner with Laara.

Mark has worked with First Nations for more than ten years’ including management services and developing intergovernmental partnerships. Mark has also completed the Justice Institute Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program, has been recognized by the Capital Regional District and Lieutenant Governor General for Environmental Leadership (benefitting the regions of Southern Vancouver Island), and is currently completing his AIP3 Certification with the International Association of Public Participation Practitioners, and is committed to maximizing First Peoples benefits from UNDRIP, DRIPA and FPIC.

We gratefully acknowledge the opportunity to work on the unceded territories of the Senćoten speaking peoples (T’Sou-ke Nation).

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