Carden Consulting is a First Nations consulting practice established in 1997 with more than two decades of service excellence and experience in Nation Rebuilding, with a focus on strengthening leadership and good governance, organizational development, community development and research projects.   

At all times Carden Consulting is committed to providing service excellence, using indigenous methodologies, action research approaches, indigenous methods, and building capacity at every step for the benefit of current and future generations. 

Laara Yaghujaanas, M.A., owns and operates Carden Consulting, which she established in 1997 . Laara is from the yaghu ‘jaanas clan of the Haida Nation, and carries her great grandmothers name “Kun G aadaas”.   Laara is committed to effecting positive change for the benefit of future generations, and has strong values of respect, integrity, excellence and community responsibility. Ms. Yaghujaanas holds a Master's Degree from Royal Roads University, was awarded the Royal Roads University Founders Award, has completed the Justice Institute Conflict Resolution and Negotiation course, is a CTT Certified Consultant (Level 2), is a member of the Council of Native Development Officers (CANDO), is a member of the New Relationship Trust Economic Development Support Team.  Laara is currently planning her doctoral thesis on Indigenous Governance in Canada. Click here to download Laara's Précis.

Mark Salter joined Carden Consulting in the summer of 2017 as Project Consultant after a working with the Songhees Nation to achieve their goals of developing successful intergovernmental partnerships. Mark is committed to empowering First Nations effect positive change for the benefit of future generations, and has strong values of respect, integrity, excellence and community responsibility. A key component of Mark’s work has been the purposeful planning to enhance the capacity, and self-determination of Aboriginal peoples.
Mark’s family has worked successfully with local First Nations for several generations on Vancouver Island. Throughout the course of his work Mark has a developed wide variety of skills that has helped him to develop intergovernmental partnerships (e.g. Justice Institute Conflict Resolution and Mediation Program), and has been recognized by the Capital Regional District and Governor General for Environmental Leadership benefitting the regions of Southern Vancouver Island.  Click here to download a copy of Mark's précis. 

Justin Chrones is a member of the Haida Nation, and the Communication’s & IT coordinator for Carden Consulting. Contributing to the team with a history of representation of Indigenous youth throughout his education, a passion for presenting and sharing knowledge, as well as skills in IT systems integration. He has completed several leadership development courses, and courses in systems and information management.

Justin has experience working as a trainer for House of Knives as the Training Manager across Western Canada.  Justin has also worked with education programs in Vancouver, partnered with Apple, and been a presenter and advocate for integration of technology as a tool in post-secondary schools within BC and California.

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We respectfully acknowledge the xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh), and all the Indigenous peoples of the Northwest Coast, on whose traditional and unceded territories we live, work and play.