Since 2013, Koosen and Zoë have been working together to ‘bridge the gap’ and build initiatives that allow for courageous conversations to occur. The success of our early work together in radio inspired us to continue to collaborate on our shared vision for the future. We rely on traditional taʔow to foster good connections and ceremony to continue our work in a good way.
As trained facilitators, we help begin a deep conversation and understanding about our country’s history and current situation. Collectively we have hosted well over 100 courageous conversations throughout Coast Salish Territory with thousands of people. We believe that by sharing this information we can foster appreciation and connections between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people and ultimately develop a stronger, healthier community.
Koosen (AKA Devin) is a member of the TlaAmin Nation. She has traveled extensively in Canada as a Youth Leader and with the First Nations Health Authority. As a Language Warrior she is following the path of many in her family, working to revitalize and preserve TlaAmin’s Ayayjuthum (language). She has worked on the e-dictionary as well as the Traditional Place Names mapping project. Koosen’s work has been documented in film, radio and print. Koosen has also created award winning media including “We Are Still Here”, a documentary on other language warriors in her community.
Zoë (AKA Cousin Awd) found community in the territory of the Tla’Amin Nation after working internationally in media and education for over two decades. Zoë is a Transmedia Artist who creates and teaches storytelling in multiple media. She has been recognized for her media production, sound design, writing and radio broadcasting. She is the host of the long-running radio show/podcast 42 Fish. Her work focuses on Communication and Equity, through Media Literacy, Policy and Direct Action. She works with national organizations that support community-based, nonprofit and noncommercial broadcasters, as well as media produced by volunteers and/or underrepresented communities. (Independent Community T.V., Community Media Advocacy Centre)
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