Sky Spirit Consulting is an indigenous-run consulting business that is the amalgamation of 20 years of experience in community consultation with their family-run business Sky Spirit Studio. Sky Spirit Consulting is the distillation of concepts and innovative work in meaningful consultation that Sierra Tasi Baker, Mary Tasi & Wade Baker have developed through
their education and work.
Sky Spirit Consulting
Sky Spirit Consulting is committed to meaningful consultation, reconciliation, and sustainable business practices. We are determined to help companies working with indigenous communities to expand opportunities for reconciliation and to ameliorate both community and business. With 20 years of research and development in indigenous consultation with our family-run practice, Sky Spirit Studio, Sky Spirit Consulting is ready to help diverse practices with their consultation needs.
Based in ancestral governance, indigenous law, and respectful protocols Sky Spirit Consulting has the multi-disciplinary tools to ensure respectful, mindful, and productive consultation. We have multiple checks, protocols, and procedures in place to protect indigenous groups and knowledge keepers involved in sharing their knowledge and good-will to participate in reconciliation.
It is our goal to be the mediators, the listeners, and the guides to create safe, comfortable environments for meaningful consultation to produce productive, well-educated and informed pathways forward.
Sierra Tasi Baker,
| Phone: 604-537-8521
Mary Tasi, Executive Director
| Phone: 604-985-5590
Sierra is the lead cultural and design consultant at Sky Spirit Consulting. Sierra is a descendant of Squamish, Musqueam, Kwakwaka'wakw, Tlingit, Haida and Hungarian Chieftains and Matriarchs. Her Kwak'wala name is Gesuqwaluck and was given to her by her late Grandmother and Grand 4 Copper Chieftain, T̓łaḵwagila̱'og̱wa in the Pot Lach system in Alert Bay and North Vancouver, BC, Canada.
Sierra completed her Bachelor's of Environmental Design at the School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture (SALA) at the University of British Columbia. Graduating with an award in Design Leadership and receiving a Youth Leadership Award for her work in the community from the City of North Vancouver. Sierra then flew to London, England and graduated with her Masters of Science in Sustainable Urbanism at the Bartlett School of City Planning at University College London which is one of the top ten universities in the world for the built environment. Sierra was invited to meet the Queen of England in 2017 for her academic excellence at Canada House in London, England.
Sierra has worked extensively with museums, universities, municipalities, and businesses to further reconciliation and develop meaningful consultation through design. Her research and body of work has focused on developing indigenous design methodologies, respectful indigenous consultation, sustainable community planning, and urban policy.
Mary is a community planning consultant, art consultant, research consultant and author. She worked for many years in Ontario and Quebec as an urban planner and designer. She is a member of the Canadian Institute of Planners, the Planning Institute of British Columbia and the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce.
Mary’s philosophy is that art brings community together. Mary has worked with the City of North Vancouver and the Squamish Nation to create the “Gateway to Ancient Wisdom” for the beginning of the North Shore Spirit Trail. This public art piece brought together elders, youth, landscape architects, builders, contractors, steelworkers, welders, politicians, and many others in an innovative, award-winning collaborative process.
Mary’s multi-disciplinary strengths include city planning, art project marketing, communications and policy. She uses innovative public engagement techniques and visioning that produces meaningful solutions to complex community issues. She has the ability to manage and communicate divergent ideas and conflicting visions or goals. She has marketing experience with over 100 galleries in British Columbia, Alberta, Manitoba and Ontario.
Wade Baker, Mintledus
Cultural Consultant & Oral Historian
| Phone: 604-985-5590
Wade is a sculptor, graphic designer and red cedar carver. He has been carving and creating art since he was a teenager. As a descendent of ancient Coast Salish, Kwakwaka'wakw, Tlingit and Haida nobility, Wade has inherited a rich artistic legacy. In these traditions, art is not a separate activity but is interwoven in life, language, custom and culture. Art is a means of spiritual expression in which a design or piece of art can encompass an entire story. Wade’s preference is to create large public art sculptures. He has worked in steel, wood, glass, marble and many other mediums. His stainless steel North Star was commissioned for the 2010 Olympics and stands at the Vancouver Olympic Village site. One of the highlights for Wade was meeting Prince Charles when the North Star was unveiled in 2009.
Wade has also produced smaller public art designs and in 2000, Wade’s wolf design was selected to be part of the Millennium series of Royal Canadian Mint quarters. 50 million quarters were produced with Wade’s design and are now in circulation. Wade is a member of the North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, and a Director at Large for Aboriginal Tourism British Columbia.Most recently, Wade started writing the history of his British ancestors Lieutenant Joseph Baker, an early mapmaker of the British Columbia Coast, and Robert Hunt, a fur trader and factor with the Hudson’s Bay Company in the 1850’s
• Social Entrepreneurship Award, University of Waterloo, Ontario, 2018
• Presented to, Her Majesty, Queen Elizabeth II, for leadership & academic excellence, Canada Houe UK, 2017
• Design & Leadership Excellence Award for Environmental Design, School of Architecture & Landscape Architecture, UBC, 2016
• Honourable Mention for The Hidden Journals, Whistler Independent Book Awards, 2016
• Youth Recognition Leadership Award, City of North Vancouver, 2015
• Aboriginal Tourism Industry Award for Arts & Entertainment, Aboriginal Tourism BC, 2015
• Presented to the Victoria Legislature by MLA J. Thornthwaite recognizing the extensive research work on Captain Vancouver and the early explorers for "The Hidden Journals", 2014
• Award of Excellence for "Gateway to Ancient Wisdom" Public Art on the North Shore Spirit Trail, City of North Vancouver, 2013
• Selected by the Olympic Committee to run the Olympic Torch for outstanding community leadership, 2010
• Presented to Prince Charles, Prince of Wales, for excellence in Public Art, 2009
• Business Excellence Finalist for Arts & Culture, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 2009
• Presented to the Victoria Legislature by MLA K. Whittred recognizing Sky Spirit Studio's Design work, 2009
• Award of Excellence for Design, National Design Exchange Awards in the Urban Design Category, City of North Vancouver, 2008
• Nominated for Innovation award, North Vancouver Chamber of Commerce, 2000
• Awarded Millenium Coin Design, Royal Canadian Mint, 2000
• Excellence in Planning Award, Township of Pittsburgh Best Community Plan, The Ontario Professional Planning Institute, 1990