This podcast episode is a part of Animikii’s multimedia Indigenous Innovators series, in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today.
This second podcast episode of the series (check out the first episode here!) centres on a discussion with Animikii’s Producer, Jordyn, and Ginger Gosnell-Myers. Ginger is the City of Vancouver's first-ever, Aboriginal Relations Manager; she’s Nisga’a and Kwakwaka’wakw and now lives on the traditional territory of the Musqueam, Squamish, and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples in Vancouver. Before joining the City of Vancouver, Ginger was a key advocate for Indigenous youth; she was an Action Canada 2004 Fellow, a former Co-Chair to the Assembly of First Nations National Youth Council, and a former President of the Urban Native Youth Association.
"At the end of the day, if our Communities grow and are strengthened, it’s going to be because we took a lot of chances."
- Ginger Gosnell-Myers
In this episode, Jordyn and Ginger discuss issues of identity and belonging - especially in the context of urban Indigenous people - and about how to create bonds and a sense of place wherever you find yourself as an Indigenous person. They also talk about Vancouver’s efforts to become a “City of Reconciliation” and the City’s year-long response to Canada 150, called Canada 150+. Canada 150+ seeks to recognize and celebrate the Indigenous people who have been living on the land called Canada, since time immemorial and acknowledges the fact that the history of this land did not start at Confederation.
During the discussion, Ginger brings in lessons from her time as a youth advocate as well as wisdom she’s gained from working within the Government to create positive change in Vancouver. Listen to this latest episode to learn about Ginger’s role in the “City of Reconciliation” and her advice for bringing about positive change for Indigenous people - even in colonized environments.
Article published March 21, 2017.