Elder Darlene McIntosh

Elder of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation


Darlene is an Elder of Lheidli T’enneh First Nation. She is Grouse clan, daughter of Mary Quaw of Lheidli T’enneh and Peter Zatorski of Prince George. She is the granddaughter of Elsie George from Saik’uz First Nation and Augusta Quaw of Lheidli T’enneh. Darlene is devoted to family, she is married over 40 years to Neil McIntosh and is mother to Blake (Laurie) and Kyle, and a dedicated grandmother to Jake and Konnor. Darlene represents Lheidli T’enneh nation as an Elder and an Ambassador, doing Traditional Welcomes and Opening prayers. Darlene is the Cultural Advisor in the Aboriginal Resource Centre of the College of New Caledonia (CNC) where she support students, advises faculty and does spiritual work for the wider community. Darlene’s center, especially within this role, is one of balance and harmony within the teachings of The Medicine Wheel. She is a natural teacher who brings a fresh perspective into the notion of indigenization and truth and reconciliation.

Darlene has a gift of weaving her spiritual connection into words that resonate beyond her responsibilities as Elder, Advisor and teacher. Darlene’s writing has been published, most recently, in multiple publications.