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.

Kombii Nanjalah joined Spice Radio for an in-depth discussion about her 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, she joined the American Indian Movement. Her first poem was published in the Indian World, a magazine put together by the Union of BC Indian Chiefs. 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 also presented readings at Rhizome Cafe and UBC’s coffeehouse events.

As a public educator, Kat has spoken on the impact of colonization and Indian Residential Schools to classes and student unions at UBC, SFU and Langara College. She is also the founder and spokesperson for the Indigenous Action Movement, a group which takes action against injustice. Kat holds a background in family counselling, broadcasting, and theatre.

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

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