Sue Sterling-Bur comes from the Nlakap’mux Nation and Sto:lo Nation and is a member of the Dumdehmyoo (Bear) Clan with the Nadleh Whut’en from the Carrier Sekani Nation.
Sue is an Instructor for the Social Work Department at the Nicola Valley Institute of Technology in Merritt, BC. She volunteers for many community, Provincial and National committees that focus on developing healthy children and families. This includes being an active Board Member for the BC Aboriginal Child Care Society; being the National Representative of Western Canada for the World Forum Foundation on Early Care and Education; co-founding the Indigenous Peoples Action Group with the World Forum; serving as President of the Rotary Club of Merritt Sunrise; holding an appointment with the Provincial Child Care Council for the Ministry of Children and Family Development in BC between 2014-2018; and being the current President of Nicola Family Therapy.
Sue is a Ph.D. student at The University of British Columbia Okanagan Campus and working with Dr. Jeannette Armstrong and Dr. Rachelle Hole. Sue’s doctoral research will focus on gaining a better understanding of an Indigenous perspective on the belief of giftedness for children with disabilities. Her research will be critically analyzing the Nlakap’mux stories from one of her Nations, to determine the ethics, values and beliefs that will provide guidance and direction for working and supporting people with disabilities.