Community Conversations: Amplifying Bravery & Strength within Indigenous Communities

Date: Thursday, November 19, 2020

Time: 7:00 – 8:30pm

Where: Zoom

The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association wraps up this year’s Community Conversations series by shining light on the bravery and strength of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. With guest speakers from the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee’s Skookum Lab, Community Conversations aims to inform community members on how methods of Indigenous Social Innovation have lead to the closing of gaps and societal inequalities. And above all, how Indigenous Social Innovation methods empower Indigenous youth and persons by making their lived experiences visible. What barriers do Indigenous persons and youth commonly face today? What does it mean to be an Indigenous person living through the COVID-19 pandemic? What are some tangible steps that communities can do to support Indigenous populations? Join us on Thursday, November. 19th from 7:00pm-8:30pm to learn how you can support the empowerment of Surrey’s Indigenous communities. Register FOR FREE today!

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The Downtown Surrey Business Improvement Association is excited to have Skookum Lab Ambassadors, Megan Rosso and Krystal Dumais-Ziprick, as our Community Conversations guest speakers. Megan Rosso is a Carrier Sekani woman from the Lake Babine Nation, in Northern interior of British Columbia. She comes from the house of the firekeepers and belongs to the Caribou clan. She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Communication studies with Simon Fraser University. Megan has experience supporting indigenous communities for over 10 years in a variety of roles. She often utilizes her own array of experiences to engage actively within the indigenous communities that surround her. Megan’s previous community support initiatives have exemplified her dedication and commitment to assisting and encouraging her community members. She is currently working as an Employment Advisor with Aboriginal Community Careers Employment Services Society (ACCESS) and is an Ambassador with Skookum Labs in Surrey.

Krystal Dumais- Ziprick is Plains Cree from the Treaty 6 Nation in Saskatchewan. She is a small business owner and hairstylist in Surrey, B.C. for Simply Style Mobile Hair Design. She travels across the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island where she does mobile hairdressing for families, group parties, event styling, clients with special needs, children with behavioural and special designations. She graduated from Surrey College Hairdressing Program, The Pics Best Program, the Ch’nook Aboriginal Management Program at the Sauder School of Business, and Community Leaders Igniting Change program at the Beedie School of Business at SFU. Krystal is also the PAC co-President for Kwantlen Park Secondary and Vice President of the PAC for KB Woodward Elementary School. Krystal is a Skookum Lab ambassador and has been a part of Skookum Lab since the beginning. She likes being a part of like-minded and strong Indigenous ambassadors that help with Skookum Lab and SUILC with their methodologies of addressing and tackling Indigenous Youth in Poverty. She enjoys presenting on behalf of Skookum Lab and has developed the skills to do so thanks to the leadership education she has received since joining. She has made some great friends and enjoys beading and making ribbon skirts with some of the different groups Skookum Lab have going on.

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