Board of Directors
Michelle is a member of the Squamish Nation. She grew up in Eslha7an, and then East Vancouver, and works within the intersection of class, race, culture and creativity. As a communications consultant and graphic artist, Michelle has worked on social justice projects for First Nations organizations across Canada and also within her own Nation. From health promotion to gender equity, Michelle’s collaborations have influenced opinions, changed behaviours and mobilized community action. She is a supportive leader who is most comfortable behind the scenes—contributing to projects that improve First Nations realities for the last 20 years. Michelle has a GED from Native Education Centre, an honours media diploma from BCIT, a Bachelor of Professional Communications from RRU and is currently completing her MA in Communications at SFU with a thesis on disseminating decolonizing practices. She is grateful for her teachings and hopeful for the work ahead with Kwi Awt Stelmexw.
Jacob is a proud Sḵwx̱wú7mesh descendant who believes in the importance of leading change, growth and development within First Nations communities. With a background in finance, accounting and business administration, Jacob is passionate about the opportunity to be involved with the important initiative Kwi Awt Stelmexw has created . He recently serves as the Chairman on the Squamish Nation Election Commission which engages Squamish Nation membership on critical electoral reform. As a new addition to the Board of Directors, Jacob feels honored to be part of the leadership of Kwi Awt Stelmexw which aims to strengthen Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language, heritage, culture, and art.
Charlene is a member of the Squamish Nation. She was born and raised on the Capilano reserve in North Vancouver. As a Community Engagement Coordinator, Charlene has worked in partnership with First Nations communities across Canada. Charlene is dedicated to fostering rich dialogue between nations. Charlene attended Langara College and Simon Fraser University, focusing her studies on Human Geography - Urban planning and Community development. Charlene is grateful for the opportunity to work with and support Kwi Awt Stelmexw.
Nick is an organizer, writer and theory nerd living in Victoria on Lekwungen territories. He is finishing a PhD in Cultural Studies at Queen’s University, which investigates some intersections of anarchism, permaculture and decolonization. As an organizer, Nick’s main focus has been on prefigurative alternatives to capitalism, colonialism, and the other forms of domination. He has helped start The Peoples’ Apothecary, a medicinal herb garden commons, and co-founded GRAFT, a project dedicated to propagating regionally adapted fruit trees and perennials. Nick is thrilled to be on the Board of Directors of Kwi Awt Stelmexw.