Archive for February 20th, 2017

Kombii Nanjalah

Kombii Nanjalah has extensive experience as a union activist, youth advocacy worker, and community organizer. She has served for 9 years as a shop steward with BCGEU Local 003, and has also served as a Member at Large on its local executive for four years. Kombii is also currently on the COPE Executive as a Member at Large.

In Nairobi, Kombii organized low-income women and youth and built a youth soccer movement of over one million children, where she was awarded with the Kenya’s President youth Award. Currently, she supports mentally and physically challenged children working as a Community Health Care Worker at BACI and Strive Living Society. The executive Director at African Great Lakes Networking Foundation, that focuses on refugees to integrate smoothly into the Canadian society, particularly from the African Great Lakes Region, with support, services and referrals, with increased support for women and youth empowerment through education, Culture, sports and music.

As a COPE candidate for Vancouver School Board, her commitments are to combat racism and discrimination in schools, work places and in the community, ensuring, every child in the public school system receives the attention they need, small class sizes, with special attention to newcomer children and children with special needs. Driven by a passion for empowering youth, especial concerns on accessibility to proper education for children living in poverty, housing for middle class, citizens/seniors, mental health and addictions problems.

Kombii Nanjalah joined Spice Radio for an in-depth talk about his experience. Listen to the full interview below:

 

Kat Norris

Kat Norris is a Salish poet, writer, social activist and public educator. Born in British Columbia, Kat grew up in California before returning to BC when she was 19. Soon after moving back, Kat joined the American Indian Movement. Her first poem was published in the Indian World, a magazine published by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. She has contributed poetry to the Salish Seas Anthology. Her poems appear in the Prayers to the Four Directions an online initiative dedicated to recovering the spirituality of First Nations communities after the devastation brought by organized religion and Indian Residential Schools. Kat has presented readings at Rhizome Cafe and UBC’s coffeehouse events.

As a public educator, Kat has spoke on the impact of colonization and Indian Residential Schools for classes and student unions at UBC, SFU and Langara College, and is the founder and spokesperson for the Indigenous Action Movement, an active group which takes action and acts as a voice against injustice. Kat had previously worked as a support worker for First Nations youth on local schoolboards and has a background in family counselling and in broadcasting and theatre.

Kat Norris joined Spice Radio for an in-depth talk about his experience. Listen to the full interview below:

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