Nathan was raised in the Simpcw First Nation community by his parents Louie and Ida Matthew, and is the second oldest in a family of six children. He attended Barriere’s elementary and secondary schools then went on to graduate from the University of British Columbia with a Bachelor of Recreation Education. He later obtained a Professional Teachers Certificate and a Masters Degree in Education. Nathan has worked as a recreation coordinator, administrator of the Kamloops Residential School, principal of the Sxoxomic school at Esket, a band planner, and the Executive Director of Aboriginal Education at Thompson Rivers University. Nathan also worked as a community development and education consultant throughout the province. He sat on the Assembly of First Nation Chiefs Committee on Education for several years and was active in the development of provincial First Nations educational organizations and programs. He currently chairs the School District 73 First Nations Education Council.
From the period 1976 to 2006 Nathan spent 20 years on the Simpcw Council, eighteen as chief. During this time he was active in community development including: Neqweyqwelsten School, Chu Chua Agriculture Corporation, Simpcw Development sawmill and forest licence activities, and community planning. He was the chairperson of the Shuswap Tribal Council for two terms.
Aside from educational pursuits, Nathan also currently serves as the Rights and Titles Coordinator. He is also very involved with Simpcw’s growing community. He helped to develop the Secwepemc Fisheries Commission and the Secwepemc Cultural Education Society, and has facilitated many workshops specializing in strategic planning and goal setting. He also meets with other band councils and government officials in order to preserve and protect Simpcw’s land and resources for future generations.
Nathan lives in Chu Chua with Marie, his wife of forty-six years. He enjoys time with his son Mark and daughter-in-law Nicole and grandchildren Lucas and Rayel.
Nathan likes to travel with his wife and is active in hunting, fishing, running and basketball.
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