Chastity Davis-Alphonse, MA
Chastity Davis-Alphonse is a mixed heritage woman of First Nations and European descent. She is a proud member of the Tla’amin Nation and married into the Tsilhqot’in Nation. Chastity is sole proprietor to her own multi-award-winning consulting business. She has worked with 100+ First Nation communities in BC and several well-known corporations, companies, not-for-profits, and Indigenous organizations. Chastity’s work is completed in the spirit of reconciliation and focuses on building knowledge and capacities for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous individuals, organizations, and communities.
Chastity’s approach is from an Indigenous women’s lens. She is on the leading edge of Indigenous Gender-Based Analysis (IGBA) in Canada working with the federal and provincial governments, Tsilhqot’in National Government, and several others to weave the Indigenous women’s lens into their daily practices. Chastity is creator and visionary of Deyen – An Invitation to Transform – one of the only online learning platforms in the world that centers the voices, knowledge, wisdom, and lived experiences of Indigenous women. The platform launched April 2021 with its signature course titled, “Canadian History Through the Lens of Indigenous Women” – the only online Cultural Awareness training through the lens of Indigenous women. Since Deyen’s launch, it has reached thousands of people across Canada and has been a transformative learning experience for all who participate in it.
Chastity has a Master of Arts in Intercultural and International Communications, a Bachelor of Arts in Professional Communication, and a Diploma in Marketing Management & Professional Sales from BCIT. Chastity is also a certified yoga teacher in two modalities: Yin and Kundalini. She weaves the ancient practice and philosophy of yoga into her personal and professional life.
Dr. Natalie Clark, M.S.W., PhD
Natalie’s work is informed and mobilized through her interconnected identities including her Métis and settler kinship; as a parent of three Secwépemc children, grandparent and auntie and part of the Secwépemc community; an academic; activist and sexual abuse counsellor. The work draws on Natalie’s over 25 years of research and practice in the area of trauma and violence with a focus on healing and resistance to violence and trauma, including the impact of policy and intersecting policies on Indigenous families and communities. In addition to her role as an Associate Professor at Thompson Rivers University in the School of Social Work, Natalie continues to practice including her ongoing work as a violence counsellor, and Indigenous girls group facilitator. Natalie’s work with Indigenous girls’ groups resulted in over 18 Indigenous girls’ groups running in Elementary and Secondary schools within the Secwepemc Nation. Natalie wrote the proposal to the Canadian Women’s Foundation, and this program is nationally recognized. Natalie won a national award from the Ashoka Foundation as a Changemaker: Inspiring Approaches to First Nations, Metis, and Inuit Learning, for her work with Indigenous girls’ groups – Clleq’melt: Groups for Aboriginal children and youth in Schools and Community.
Natalie’s work is grounded in an intergenerational approach, and an Indigenous gender-based and intersectional violence informed practice, that not only recognizes the multi-generational impact of colonization and trauma – but that also point towards policy solutions that acknowledge sovereignty, build on resistance, and emerge from the strengths within the community and within Indigenous women and girls themselves. Indigenous girls and women are the best guides of determining their own needs in this respect, as they are already engaging in daily acts of understanding, negotiating, and resisting colonial policy. Natalie has authored more than 28 peer reviewed publications on Indigenous intersectionality and GBA+ in women’s and girls’ health research and policy; indigenous girls’ health; and critical trauma theory. Her work is cited nationally and internationally. Natalie’s paper Perseverance, Determination and Resistance: An Indigenous Intersectional Policy Analysis of Violence in the lives of Aboriginal Girls and Women in Intersectional Based Policy Analysis, editor Olena Hankivsky. Natalie’s established reputation in BC’s Indigenous, Metis, and First Nations communities will enable her to support research related to this project.
Dedicated Virtual Session for 2SLGBTQQIA+ People
Friday, May 26, 10:00 – 11:30 am Online via Zoom
Dr. Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa (she/they)
Dr. Sarah Hunt / Tłaliłila’ogwa (she/they) is a Two-Spirit queer scholar-activist who has spent more than two decades engaged in collaborative work in pursuit of justice for Indigenous people and communities, with a particular focus on ending colonial gender-based violence. As Canada Research Chair in Indigenous Political Ecology at the University of Victoria, Sarah’s research asks what justice feels like across the nested scales of our bodies, homes and waters/lands. She has published upwards of 40 journal articles, book chapters and reports, with emphasis on centering Indigenous knowledge, laws and norms, particularly through the perspectives of 2SQ gender diverse people, women, and youth. Sarah/Tłaliłila’ogwa is of Kwakwaka’wakw and Ukrainian/English settler ancestry.