David is the poverty law advocate. He works on issues related to debt, housing, welfare, disability, employment insurance (EI), employment standards, and human rights. He also organizes community legal education workshops.
David is originally from North Vancouver, where he first got interested in aboriginal land claims while at Capilano College during the Meares Island blockade. David later got to know several of the Haida protestors from the Lyell Island blockade.
David’s education includes biology, anthropology, forestry, and business management. Over the past twenty-five years, David has lived in the First Nations communities of Klemtu, Masset, and Gitanmaax as well as Prince Rupert. David is a non-aboriginal person dedicated to educating himself and others about First Nations cultures, human rights issues, and social justice. He is married to a Gitxsan, with whom he has a daughter. He also has an older daughter, of Haida heritage, living in Vancouver.
David is an avid cyclist and lover of all kinds of music. He plays jazz and blues guitar.