Heather Gurko

Education Manager

Caring for Indigenous people is deeply rooted in Heather Gurko’s core. It is a mission-driven passion that includes a commitment to educate the wider community about the Native history, cultures, and ecology of our shared landscape. Heather’s Tlingit name is Shá xat k’ei and she is an enrolled Citizen of the Central Council Tlingit & Haida Indian Tribes of Alaska from her mother’s side and Dutch on her father’s side.

Over the past decade, Heather has been active in the Alaska Native Brotherhood, which she now serves as the first woman Grand President in the organization’s 107-year history as an Indigenous Civil Rights organization, and served on the Beaverton School District Native American Parent Advisory Council. Her previous work in the Indigenous community includes positions at CareOregon and the Native American Rehabilitation Association (NARA). Heather is also currently the Executive Director of the Portland All Nations Canoe Family, where she coordinates the organization’s cross-generational community building, cultural strengthening, and also serves to deepen our connection to the environment.

For questions regarding Confluence in the Classroom, Confluence Outdoors, and Professional Development workshops, contact her at heather@confluenceproject.org. For more info on our Education program, go here.