May 25th, 2023 – Our Continued Search: Honouring Our Stolen Relatives

The Indian Residential School Survivors Society (IRSSS) in collaboration with the UBC Learning Circle will be hosting a conversation on the impacts of Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women, Girls, and Two Spirit people (MMIWG2S).  This workshop will look at a harm reduction approach, and the on-going human rights crisis of gendered and race-based violence in Canada.

The IRSSS-MMIWG team will talk about the work they do with the families and communities impacted by MMIWG2S.  The team will also highlight the work completed during a province-wide tour that happened in March.

Thank you for your interest and participation!

This session’s video is now available for viewing.

Thank you to everyone for your continued interest in our events.

We would like to reiterate that everyone is welcome to our UBCLC sessions.

Date: Thursday, May 25th, 2023 (PST)
Time: 10 a.m. to 11:30 am
Where: Free online via Zoom!

About the Presenters:

(Left to right: Jolene Paquette , Gail Jones, Dionne McGrath, Alanna Moore, Chas Coutlee, Connie Greyeyes, Norma-Jean Stump, Alexandra O’Donaghey, Barbie Whiskeyjack)

Jordie Johnson (Moderator)

Gail Jones is the MMIWG Program Manager.  She is from the Esk’etemc First Nation of the Secwepemc tribe, living now in Splatsin First Nation in B.C.’s Shuswap with her husband and son.

Gail has been working with First Nations people and organizations in the health, wellness, and non-profit sector for quite some time now. She enjoys working in partnership with regional and provincial agencies to enhance programs and services to support those impacted by the Missing, Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls crisis.

Alanna Moore is the MMIWG Coordinator Northern BC Region.  Alanna is living and working on the traditional territory of the Dane-zaa First Nations people in Fort St. John BC. With her vast knowledge of the Northern region, Alanna is incredibly grateful to connect with victims and their loved ones to provide emotional and traditional healing.

Alanna has a diploma in Social Services from the Northern Lights College in Dawson Creek.  Alanna previous work experience in non-profit allows her to continue the work in the helping, advocacy field by supporting women and families who are directly affected by MMIWG.

Alanna is proud of the work she does.  She is also a proud mother to her son.

Alexandra O’Donaghey, MMIWG Coordinator – Fraser Salish Region + Vancouver Coastal Region. Her traditional name is Peq Máqa7 Smúlhats, and she comes from Heiltsuk (Bella Bella, BC), Xaxli’p (Lillooet, BC), and Ireland. She was born and raised in Vancouver, BC, on the unceded Coast Salish Territories of the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), and səl̓ilw̓ətaʔɬ (Tsleil-Waututh) people.

Alexandra has amble experience in the field of healing and advocacy, as helping others and making changes is something she is passionate about.  She is grateful for all the teachers and lessons learned, which have transformed her into an MMIWG2S+ coordinator. She is still actively helping implement changes with other organizations within the metro-Vancouver area regarding mental health, homelessness, poverty, and addiction.

Above all, her most essential role is being a mother to four beautiful children.  Some of her best teachers are her children, as they inspire her to become a better version of herself.

Barbie Whiskeyjack MMIWG Coordinator for Interior BC. She is Dakelh Woman from Saikuz First Nations and sits with the Grouse Clan. She has been a traditional dancer and singer since she was five years old. Her traditional name is Sumyaz (Little Star).

Barbie was raised by the late Celena John, who encouraged her to further her education so she could assist First Nations people in their healing journey, she did receive a degree from The University of Northern British Columbia in Social Work.

Barbie is actively involved in her community and gained support from other First Nation communities within Alberta and British Columbia in their healing journey. She is married and proud to share that they have 3 daughters and 4 grandchildren with one on the way.

Chas Coutlee is a MMIWG Coordinator for the Vancouver Coastal Region.  Chas holds the traditional name, Sulinek, given to her by her grandmother. She is a member of the Nlaka’pamux Nation of the Interior region.  Her late father is from Newfoundland and spent most of his life in BC.

Chas has a Bachelor of Social Work and Advanced Chemical Addictions Diploma from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology (NVIT).  Throughout her career and achievements, Chas most cherished achievement is being a mother.

Connie Greyeyes, MMIWG Coordinator, Northern BC Region.  Connie is a Cree Woman from Bigstone Cree Nation in Northern Alberta.  Connie was born and raised in Fort St. John, BC.

Describing herself as an ‘accidental’ activist, Connie began her advocacy work when she realized many Indigenous women in her community and surrounding area had gone missing or murdered.  Connie began organizing local vigils to support the families of the missing and murdered women which transpired into wanting to raise awareness to the issue and led her to the steps of parliament.

She has advocated for families for nearly a decade and worked closely with Amnesty International on the report “Out of Sight, Out of Mind.”

Connie is a proud mother to Jason and Jordan.

Norma-Jean Stump, MMIWG Coordinator, Interior. Norma is from ?Esdilagh First Nation of the Tŝilhqot’in people.

Norma has tremendous experience in the justice system with reading legal terms, court proceedings, was a navigator of the legal system and provides great insight into the barriers, perspective, and advocacy in this role. She understands and identifies the challenges and gaps and does it with compassion and understanding, she will continue to support victims and families affected by MMIWG2S.

Dionne McGrath is the MMIWG Coordinator for the Fraser Salish region, with ancestral name Tiwa nukw’7aylh.  Dionne was born and raised in Stó:lō territory in Chilliwack, BC.

She is familiar with the area and her experience has been in the helping field. She is an active community member where she offers services that focus on cultural & spiritual ceremonies, workshop facilitating, and ‘Harm reduction’ work. We are all meant to be where we are. The Creator guides us to where we are needed.

A proud mother of 3 and grandmother of 4, this survivor is dedicated to helping others heal from past traumas and breaking cycles for the love of family.

Jolene Paquette, MMIWG Coordinator for Northwest BC region. She is a Plains Cree woman, a 3rd generation granddaughter of Chief Ahtahkakoop but she was born and raised in traditional unceded territory of the Lheidli T’enneh (Prince George, BC).

She obtained a Social Services Worker Diploma from The College of New Caledonia.  She is a proud mother of three young men.

She is passionate about the work she does and being an advocate for First Nations people.  Part of the region that Jolene covers is dubbed the infamous ‘Highway of Tears.’


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