Mark Thomas was born in Invermere BC and is a Shuswap Band member. Mark is the father of three and is married to a Ktunaxa member. Mark currently sits on Council for the Shuswap Band and holds the portfolios for aquatics, fish, housing, BC Hydro, and forestry. Mark is educated in and has worked in the natural resource management field for over 20 years. Mark has attended NVIT and University of Lethbridge. A highlight of Mark’s interest is advocacy for salmon restoration in the Columbia River, which he has done through public engagement, agency education and at the request of those wanting more information. Salmon Restoration is key in Mark’s view to redress the cultural, spiritual, communal, and economic losses suffered by the Columbia Basin peoples.