Zabrina Whitman, BSocSc, MA – Policy Analyst

Zabrina, BSocSc, MA joined KMKNO as the Ratification Policy Analyst in summer 2013. Zabrina is a member of Gloocap First Nation, and although being born and raised in the Annapolis Valley, claims she now lives the semi-nomadic lifestyle of her ancestors – having lived in the last 6 years between Nova Scotia, Ontario, New York and Egypt.

Zabrina completed a five year honours degree in social sciences at the University of Ottawa (majoring in Political Science and minoring in Aboriginal Studies) graduating cum laude.

In 2013 she completed her Master of Arts Degree at Queen’s University in global development studies – her thesis focused on the relationship between economic development and traditional knowledge for natural resource management in Nova Scotia.

Zabrina has worked at the United Nations in New York at the Secretariat of the Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and at Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada in both the Education and Intergovernmental Relations Branches.

In 2009 Zabrina was one of twenty-five youth in Canada selected to be part of the Governor General Michaelle Jean’s Order of Canada Mentorship Program and in 2005 was invited to be one of 13 Aboriginal youth to travel to Europe with Aboriginal Veterans and the Governor General of Canada to celebrate the Year of the Veteran (this is one of the most impacting experiences of her life).

Zabrina is back living in the Annapolis Valley with her dog Maximus and is a strong advocate of 4-H Canada.