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Tasha Nijjar

Managing Director

Tasha is passionate about exploring how creativity and social change overlap. She has worked with community and arts organizations using art, film, theatre and social media to amplify grassroots voices. Tasha has over a decade of experience working with community-focused not for profit organizations in leadership and Executive Director level positions. As a settler, of Punjabi descent, living on Coast Salish territory Tasha seeks to be in solidarity with Indigenous people living here. She is excited to bring her experience in arts, community engagement, administration, and fundraising to support Kwi Awt Stelmexw’s vision of strengthening Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language, arts and culture.

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Khelsilem

Programming Director

Khelsilem is the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwa̱kwa̱ka'wakw (Na̱mg̱is' and Ḵwiḵwa̱sut̓inux̱w) programming director and founder of Kwi Awt Stelmexw. He grew up and lives in the city of Vancouver. His passion is creating opportunities for growth, renewal, and exploration as Indigenous peoples. He founded Kwi Awt Stelmexw to help accomplish that with his people.

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Charlene George

Project Assistant

S7atsáliya (Charlene George) is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Tsleil-Waututh artist and organizer who lives and works in Vancouver, BC. She spends much of her time making art, creating new ways to share her cultures languages and participates in a dance and singing troupe with both her nations. Charlene is a recent graduate from the very first Squamish Language Immersion certificate program from SFU. Charlene also loves to weave with wool and is currently learning to weave Chief’s/Nobility Robes with Janice George and Buddy Joseph.

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Salia Joseph

Events Coordinator

Salia is from the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Snuneymuxw First Nation’s on her father’s side and is British and Jewish on her mothers. In 2016 she graduated with a bachelor of arts degree in First Nations and Indigenous studies from the University of British Columbia. On top of working for KAS, Salia is enrolled in the full time Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Sníchim immersion program at SFU. Salia is proud about where she comes from as a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh woman and is dedicated to learning from and contributing to her community. She is particularly interested in language, and cedar and wool weaving.

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Swo-wo Billy

Teaching Assistant / Research Assistant

Chenáwx̱tn Swo-wo Billy, identifies as a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh and Lil'wat person. He is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh language speaker and learner, a Leo Award winning actor and a father. Swo-wo has worked teaching and sharing his culture for 8 years and continues to do so. He looks forward to seeing what the future holds for his language and people.

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Carla Bergman

Project Development Manager

carla bergman is a documentary filmmaker, mom, writer and organizer. carla has worked in alternatives-to-education spaces and projects for over 15 years. She co-directed the film Common Notions: Handbook Not Required, co-edited the AK Press book Stay Solid: A Radical Handbook For Youth, and co-wrote the forthcoming book, Joyful Militancy. She is the co director of EMMA Talks, a speakers series by women. carla identifies as a settler living and working on Coast Salish territory.