Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations, BA, MEd
“There’s nothing more exciting than honest and courageous conversations.”
Jada-Gabrielle Pape is Coast Salish from the Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations on Vancouver Island. She is passionate about creating safer spaces for all people, healthy and direct communication and decolonizing. She has been working with rural and remote Indigenous Peoples and communities for more than 28 years, including environmental organizations, municipalities, school boards, hospitals and prisons. Her anti-oppression and anti-racism work is birthed out of traditional and wise teachings brought forward from Elders, Knowledge Keepers, Community Members, and Mentors. She holds a Masters from UBC and is also a certified professional counsellor who specializes in trauma and grief, a college instructor at the Justice Institute of BC, a filmmaker, a mixed media painter and a single mother to a fantastic 16 year old daughter.
Cultural Advisor and Elder in Residence
Shane Pointe, Hopokeltun, is a proud Knowledge Keeper who belongs to the land of Musqueam. As an artist, teacher, cultural mentor and a proud community member he shares our culture with a generous heart and deep wisdom. Uncle Shane brings warmth, gentleness and generosity to all his interactions.