Wedlidi Speck, aboriginal therapist is a member of the Namgis First Nation of Alert Bay. He is a hereditary Head chief of the G’ixsam Clan of the Kwakiutl proper. Self-described as a bi-cultural First Nations man caught in the web of contemporary times, Wedlidi is committed to helping the aboriginal and non-aboriginal community build relationships, safe communities and cross cultural tolerance. He applies this vision to his work, friendships, family and community life.
Wedlidi worked for the John Howard Society of North Island for over 18 years working with youth, family and community as an aboriginal therapist, alcohol and drug group leader and counsellor. Wedlidi is currently the Executive Director of the Wachiay Friendship Centre, and on the Board of Directors at the John Howard Society. When there is time permitting, Wedlidi provides cross cultural awareness training. Wedlidi has been trained in western and aboriginal models of substance abuse counselling and strategies. He is a visual artist, storyteller and traditional dancer.