Advanced Education, Skills and Training
Honourable Melanie Mark
Melanie Mark’s story is one of firsts. She became B.C.’s first female First Nations MLA when she was elected to represent Vancouver-Mount Pleasant in 2016. In 2017, she became the province’s first female First Nations cabinet minister, appointed to the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.
As the first in her family to graduate high school and complete post-secondary education, Melanie knows the transformative power of education. She is committed to breaking down barriers to education at all access points.
Melanie is Nisga’a, Gitxsan, Cree, Ojibway, French and Scottish. She has deep roots in northern B.C. and grew up in the projects of East Vancouver.
Before entering politics, Melanie advocated for youth, the homeless, sexually exploited children and Indigenous peoples in the justice system. She co-founded the Vancouver Aboriginal Community Policing Centre, led a national project with Save the Children Canada, and served as an advocate with British Columbia’s Office of the Representative for Children and Youth.
She holds a bachelor of arts degree in political science with a minor in sociology from Simon Fraser University, a criminology diploma from Native Education College/Douglas College and an advanced executive certificate in general management from Queen’s School of Business in Kingston, Ont.
Melanie believes, “It is our collective responsibility to disrupt the status quo and inspire this generation to be the innovators, change makers and leaders of tomorrow.”
Her most important role is as a proud mother to Makayla and Maya with her husband, Cassidy.