Jada-Gabrielle PapeCourage Bio
Jada-Gabrielle Pape is Coast Salish from the Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations. She has been working with urban and rural First Nations people and communities since 1992. A specialist in cultural safety training and workshops Jada has worked with doctors, nurses, doulas, prison staff, prison inmates, women in the sex trade, teachers, Chiefs and Council, government agencies, non-profits, elementary and high school students. Her professional experience includes UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, BC Centre for Disease Control, the Vancouver School Board and BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Her work has brought her to Aboriginal communities across the province.
Having earned a BA in Creative Writing and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Counselling Psychology from UBC, Jada is currently completing her Canada-wide professional counselling certifications CPCA and ACCT. Much of the knowledge that Jada draws upon is respectfully carried forward from the generous traditional teachings of Elders, Community members, and valued mentors.
A single mother to a fantastic nine-year-old daughter, a proud community member, an advocate for youth and Indigenous people, Jada is also an emerging mixed media artist who leads restorative art retreats. She lives in a brown house in East Vancouver where she paints in a little garden studio, putters in her overgrown garden while being followed about by her two ridiculously cute pit bulls, Stuart and Sylvia. She takes care to walk gently in the world.