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Cara Basil » Cara's Bio

Cara’s Bio

Cara Basil

Cara Basil is a member of the Secwépemc Nation and grew up in Bonaparte where she served her community as an elected councillor from the age of 22. With a passion to drive change for First Nations, Cara has extensive experience in community planning, education and health. Cara holds a Bachelor of Arts in Sociology and Aboriginal Studies from Thompson Rivers University and is a Master of Arts candidate at UBC Okanagan where her research is focused on enhancing health care and specifically palliative care in First Nations communities.

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Sunny LeBourdais » Sunny's Bio

Sunny’s Bio

Sunny LeBourdais

Sunny LeBourdais is a Pelltíq’t te Secwépemc Nation member and the Director of Operations for the Qwelmínte-Secwepemc, a collective united through QS-G2G Letter of Commitment including seven signatories from three historic divisions of the Secwépemc Nation. Sunny was the Director Governance at the Secwepemc Nation Building Initiative and Project Coordinator for the Stk’emlúpsemc te Secwepemc Nation (SSN). Sunny holds an MSc from Simon Fraser University and has managed and coordinated businesses and projects for the Okanagan, Ktunaxa and Secwepemc Nations. She was the project coordinator on the SSN’s Indigenous Impact Assessment Process for the proposed KGHM Ajax Mine near Kamloops, which was successfully completed in 2017.

Melpatkwa Matthew » Melpatkwa's Bio

Melpatkwa's Bio

Melpatkwa Matthew

Weytkp! My name is Melpatkwa Matthew and I am Secwépemc from Cstélen and Simpcw. I am a recent UBC-Vancouver graduate in the Master of Arts in the Geography program. My research specializes in Secwépemc water governance, Secwépemc community research methodologies, and Indigenous geographies. My thesis is titled ‘Secwépemc water governance: re-imagining water relationality.’ Currently, I work on multiple Indigenous-led research projects on education, language revitalization, water and food/land. When I am not working I enjoy travelling, reading, and visiting my nephews and nieces. My goal is to advance Secwépemc research and mobilization across Secwepemcul’ecw.

Dorothy Christian » Dorothy's Bio

Dorothy's Bio

Dorothy Christian

Dorothy Christian Cucw-la7 is a visual storyteller, scholar, writer and editor who is from Splatsin, one of the communities of the Secwepemc Nation. She honours her Syilx ancestry. Christian’s graduate studies focus on how cultural knowledge informs Indigenous film production practices. Her PhD dissertation Gathering Knowledge: Indigenous Methodologies of Land/Place-Based Visual Storytelling/ Filmmaking and Visual Sovereignty (2017) links land, story, language and cultural protocols. And her MA thesis A Cinema of Sovereignty”: Working in the Cultural Interface to Create a Model for Fourth World Film and Pre-production and Aesthetics (2010) created a theoretical framework for Indigenous film production practice.

Before graduate school, Dorothy segment produced, directed and wrote for the national broadcaster Vision TV where she accumulated over 100 professional production credits. She travelled throughout Turtle Island and into Mexico to carry Indigenous stories back to the Canadian screen culture. Other related areas where Dorothy has served: Board member and Chair of the Ontario Film Review Board (commercial distribution); Initial Organizer for “Beyond Survival: The Waking Dreamer Ends The Silence”, an interdisciplinary gathering of international Indigenous artists; Executive Director, Film Festival Director and Office Manager of Indigenous Media Arts Group (non-profit).

Cucw-la7 continues to be involved in the Indigenous Screen Culture in Canada. Dorothy is a Board Member of the Indigenous Screen Office that is located on the lands of the Dish With One Spoon Treaty (Toronto, Ontario). She curated programs for the 2018 and 2019 ImagineNative Film Festivals that reflected “Voices from the Western Regions of Turtle Island” and honoured the work of Hopi filmmaker Victor Masayesva, Jr. by programming a retrospective of his work.

Publications include: “Talking In/Talking Out”: Indigenous Knowledge, Filmmaking, and the (De)colonizing Poetics of Visual Sovereignty – A Conversation With Dr. Dorothy Christian” in Special Issue: The (De)colonial Pedagogical Possibilities of Film and Film Festivals”. Guest edited by Sonia Medel and Andre’ Elias Mazawi. Postcolonial Directions in Education, Vol. 8, Issue 2, 2019.; “Indigenous Visual storywork for Indigenous Film Aesthetics” in Decolonizing Research: Indigenous Storywork as Methodology (2019), J. Archibald, J. Lee-Morgan & J. DeSantolo (editors); Co-editor of Downstream: Reimagining Water (2017); co-authored Chapter “Unmapping Watershed Mind” in Thinking With Water (2013); Chapter “Reconciling With the People and the Land” in Cultivating Canada: Reconciliation Through the Lens of Cultural Diversity (2011); Co-authored chapter “History of a Friendship” in Alliances: Re/Envisioning Indigenous and non-Indigenous Relationships (2010).

Dorothy is currently the Associate Director, Indigenous Initiatives at Simon Fraser University and resides on the unceded lands of her Coast Salish cousins, on what is geo-politically known as Vancouver, BC, Canada. She serves on the Equity, Diversity and Inclusion (EDI) Advisory at SFU. In 2020/2021 academic year, Christian is facilitating webinars through the Centre for Educational Excellence that focus on “The Many Facets of Decolonizing and Indigenizing the Academy”.

Josh Gottfriedson » Josh's Bio

Josh's Bio

Joshua August Gottfriedson, MBA
Economic Development Officer for Stk’emlupsemc Enterprises Inc.

A Kamloops young man that has found accomplishments in sport, the arts, academic, and professional realms. He holds an ACE Personal Training Certificate, Dramatic Art’s Program from the Vancouver Academy of Dramatic Arts Graduate, Thompson Rivers University Alumni, and Simon Fraser University Master of Business Administration Graduate.

Raised in his home territory of Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc, he was fortunate to learn traditional practices throughout his life and holds this education in a high regard that is comparable to the academic achievements he has garnered.

He has held positions in the regional, provincial and national stages. He was elected to the Assembly of First Nations from age 18 to 30. He was: the Co-Chair of the National Youth Council, Male Youth Representative for the BCAFN, Board of Director for KAYA and the FNYCBCA.

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