In-depth interviews

Bonnie Van Hatten

Bonnie’s specific matrilineal ancestry is Secwepemc from St’uxwtews First Nation, located in what is now known as Interior BC. She has worked in Indigenous Education for the past 10 years with the Langley School District. Currently she facilitates reconciliation dialogue with a strong emphasis on shared history, stereotypes/biases, responsible ally-ship & advocacy for direct calls to action within her company Skelep Reconciliation. Bonnie holds an Indigenous Cultural Safety Facilitator Certificate from UBC Health and is a Building Bridges Collaborator with the Raven Institute. Bonnie is currently pursuing her MEd in Curriculum and Instruction at Simon Fraser University.

In honour of International Women’s Day, Spice Radio had the pleasure of talking to Bonnie about a number of issues regarding the barriers women face in Canada, reconciliation, and more. Click below to hear the conversation:

Kimball Cariou

Kimball Cariou has been the editor of Vancouver-based People’s Voice newspaper since its founding in 1993. He is originally from the prairies, born into a farming and working class family, of Metis and European backgrounds. Kimball first became active in movements for social justice, peace and equality when he went to university in Edmonton in the early 1970s. During his time in Vancouver, he has been involved in many campaigns against racism, poverty, and war, and is a strong advocate of the rights of workers, Indigenous peoples and the LGBTQ community.

Click below to hear his conversation with Spice Radio:

Farid Rohani

Farid Rohani is the immediate past Chair of the Laurier Institution, an organization dedicated to the dissemination of knowledge about the economic and social implications of diversity. He is currently on the Advisory board of the Global Reporting Centre, he is also on the Board of the Royal Columbia Hospital Foundation. During his tenure on the Laurier board Chair, Rohani established the Ethics and Human Rights Lecture Series at UBC, and expanded the M.K. Wong Lecture Series on multicultural issues (CBC Radio) now in its 14th year. He also established Canada’s first Indigenous speaker series at Vancouver Island University (CBC Radio). As former Chair of the Institute for Canadian Citizenship (Vancouver), he organized the first Citizenship Ceremony on a First Nations Reserve.

Farid has been honored with the British Columbia Multicultural Award (2011), the British Columbia Regiment Commanding Officer’s Commendation (2014), and has been recognized as a Georgia Straight Cultural Navigator (2013).

An Iranian-born Canadian, Farid publishes widely on immigration, multiculturalism, diversity and ethics, and is a guest commentator on these issues on CBC radio and television. He also manages his family’s Vancouver-based development and real estate holding company.

Click below to hear his discussion on immigration, cultural barriers, and more with Spice Radio:

Alan Dutton


Alan Dutton is a member of the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society. The Society tracks hate groups, helps prevent hate group recruitment and provides help to youth who want to leave hate groups. Alan’s work against organized racist and ultranationalist groups has been recognized nationally and internationally. He is now working with other activists to build a national network to counteract the recent growth in extremism.

This was the 2nd time Alan was in conversation with Spice Radio to talk about discrimination in Canada. Click the links below to hear the full interview:

Imtiaz Popat

Imtiaz Popat is an equal rights activist, community worker and a media producer working in radio, television and film. He actively contributes articles to the Georgia Straight, and has joined Spice Radio on air many times to talk about topics of racism and discrimination in BC. 

A year after the Quebec mosque attack on January 29th, 2017, Imtiaz came to the studio to discuss Islamophobia in Canada, and to reflect upon how not much has changed in society after the massacre that took the lives of 16 people, and injured 19.


Click below to hear his conversation:

Ravi Kahlon

Ravi Kahlon is the MLA for Delta North, and is also the Parliamentary Secretary for Sport and Multiculturalism. Born and raised in Victoria, BC, he started playing field hockey at a young age, and went on to become a two-time Olympian in the sport for Team Canada. Prior to his election in 2017, Ravi spent 7 years in banking, and another 6 years as the Director of Stakeholder Relations with the New Democrat Caucus. An active community leader, he has volunteered with the Delta Parks and Recreation Committee, and is a certified coach to youth across North Delta.

Ravi spoke to Spice Radio on the importance of community dialogue when it comes to issues of discrimination in BC, and detailed the NDP’s new anti-racism initiative. Click below to hear his full interview:

Jennifer Sherif


Jennifer Sherif was born and brought up in Syilx territory. She is of  Cherokee, English, Ashkenazi, Irish, French and Mongolian descent. She holds a Bachelor of Arts in History from Thompson Rivers University, as well as a Master of Education in Indigenous Knowledges, and Pedagogies from the University of British Columbia. The first in-studio guest for Spice Radio’s 2018 campaign, Jennifer discussed various barriers First Nation groups continuously face in Canada, and how the country should be focusing on reconciliation. 

Click below to hear her full interview:

Alan Dutton

Alan is a Director of the Canadian Anti-racism Education and Research Society, and has taught courses on racism and ethnic relations at Simon Fraser University. Alan conducts research on hate groups, and provides workshops to unions, schools and government agencies to prevent the recruitment of youth into destructive groups. He has also organized international conferences on racism, authored reports on hate group activity for the Government of BC, the Department of Justice, and conducted anti-racism training for Corrections Canada.

He has received awards from the Attorney General of BC for research and community service, has served on the BC Advisory Council of Multiculturalism for two terms, and on the Advisory Committee of the Canadian Secretariat for the United Nations World Conference Against Racism. He has also appeared as an expert on hate crime on national television in Canada, the United States and Britain.

Listen to Alan’s full interview with Spice Radio below:

Ayesha Khan

Ayesha is a community organizer who is completing her studies in Sociology and NGO & Non Profit Studies at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. During her undergraduate career she also studied at Harvard University and the University of Geneva, where she was admitted into two programs: Harvard’s History and Archaeology field school that focused on Slave Trades, the African Diaspora and Slave Roots Tourism and University of Geneva’s Understanding Global Governance program. Ayesha has served as the Secretary on the Board of Directors for Human Concern International- a Canadian charity based in Ottawa, as well as the Director of Anti-Oppression at Kwantlen Public Interest Research Group- KPIRG. She is passionate about development and has participated in various forms of national/international volunteerism- including teaching at a school for Syrian refugees in Reyhanli, Turkey. She aspires to join the ranks of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees, by offering a critical and intersectional feminist lens to the world of global diplomacy. She is an avid fan of Chimamanda Adichie, enjoys exploring beautiful British Columbia and loves tuning into social justice podcasts like “Another Round”.

Listen to the full interview with Ayesha here.

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: