Frank Brown is a member of the Heiltsuk Nation from Bella Bella. His Hereditary Chiefs-Yím̓ ás name is λáλíya̓ sila meaning “preparing for the largest potlatch.” Brown is an adjunct professor at Simon Fraser University’s Resource and Environmental Management Department. He recently received an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Vancouver Island University.
Brown is a leader in the Pacific coast-wide ocean-going Indigenous canoe resurgence and served as initiator and events planner for the Tribal Journeys to Bella Bella in 1993 and 2014. Brown was the founding director of the Heiltsuk Integrated Resource Management Department and director of Land and Marine Stewardship for the Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative. He co-developed and is implementing an Aboriginal Eco-Tourism training program with the Heiltsuk Tribal Council, Vancouver Island University and North Island College. He also supported the development of an Indigenous Guardians training program with Coastal First Nations – Great Bear Initiative and Vancouver Island University.
Brown has served as a director of Aboriginal Tourism BC and was chairperson of the Heiltsuk Economic Development Corporation. He co-established and was the co-program manager for the FP Innovations, First Nations Forestry Program. Brown is also an entrepreneur involved in fisheries, forestry and tourism