Fran has over 20 years experience in senior management and direct engagement working with Indigenous peoples. Her areas of expertise include Indigenous adult and post-secondary education and training. Fran was the inaugural Director of the Office of Indigenous Affairs at the University of Victoria. Fran is also an entrepreneur and currently owns a consulting business, Hunt-Jinnouchi Enterprises. She has a Bachelor of Social Work, a Master of Adult Education and has completed the course work for a Doctorate in Philosophy in Educational Psychology and Leadership. Fran is passionate about social justice and has dedicated her life’s work to Indigenous community capacity development.
Annie was born in raised in Victoria, on the traditional territories of the Lekwungen peoples. She is a third-generation settler of European ancestry. Annie completed a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and Public Policy in 2019, with a minor in Psychology. She then began working in social services, first in outreach and later in supportive housing. In these roles, she became familiar with the ways in which various systems fail marginalized communities. Annie is passionate about justice and reform. Outside of work, she is interested in art and social infrastructure. Annie is curious about the ways accessibility and harm reduction can be incorporated into architecture and urban design. Annie joins the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness as Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi’s Executive Assistant.
Brielyn Ramsey is of settler ancestry and was born and raised on Coast Salish territory. She has worked closely with the Executive Director since 2017 and has been instrumental in helping to grow the Society over the past few years. She is passionate about giving back to the community and strongly believes in the work and approach of the ACEH. Brie holds a Legal Office Certificate, Diploma in Office Management and BA in Justice Studies. In 2019 Brie transitioned into this new role from Executive Assistant to supporting the opening and on-going delivery of SpeqƏȠéutxʷ House, the culturally-supportive shelter, and the Indigenous Managed Alcohol Program.
Gloria Roze Hunt
Elder Mentor, Priority One Culturally Supportive Housing Project
Gloria Roze (Hunt) is the Daughter of the late Kwakiutl Hereditary Chief Thomas Hunt. Her mother is Emma, daughter of Dr. Billy, a Mowachaat Hereditary Chief of Friendly Cove. Aunty Glo resides in Victoria with her husband of 58 years and two grandchildren. Since December 2016, she has been working with the ACEH as their Cultural Elder. She feels fortunate to have been brought up in a family immersed with strong cultural roots, something she takes pride in sharing. She also acknowledges, with respect, that she is in the traditional land of our Coast Salish people. Aunty Glo provides cultural support for a broad range of ACEH programs and services. She will be the Elder Mentor for SPEQƎŊÉUTXʷ House.
Monique Huber, Monique is Coast Salish/Nuu-Chah-Nulth from Tsawout First Nation. Her parents are Doug Lafortune and Kathleen Horne. She has four beautiful children. Monique feels strongly about the importance of cultural connection and the positive impact it has on self esteem, sense of belonging and empowerment. Monique joined the ACEH team in 2018 as the Projects Coordinator In 2020 Monique transitioned into the role of Indigenous Street Community Advocate, and in 2021 transitioned into the role of Outreach and Community Relations Manager.
Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) Born and raised in Khowutzun (the ‘Warm Land’) by a Coast Salish mother and Hawaiian lineage father, Hwiemtun (Fred Roland) received many teachings of his Coast Salish culture. Through spending many years with elders of his territory, Hwiemtun learned the cultural and spiritual traditions of his ancestors. During the last 30 years, he has journeyed around the world to explore and share ways of being with elders and healers of many indigenous tribes. Visiting tribes such as the Makushi, Wapashani, Shipibo, and Yanamamo of South America; the Kajikhastani and Hungarian tribes of eastern Europe; and the Humung, Tai Muang, (Thailand) Ainu (Japan) ,Jinibara of Australia just to name a few, Hwiemtun also visited the elder monks of India, Nepal and Lhasa, Tibet. His journeys were also spent travelling within North America connecting with the Lakota, Cree, Blackfoot, and many tribes within British Columbia. The journeys to date continue to the Mayan in Belize for the opening of the new Mayan Calendar 2012, and continues to travel to visit many tribes globally and teach about Indigenous culture in Europe.
Hwiemtun’s connection to the spirit world, passion for story-telling and love of sharing diverse traditions of indigenous knowledge, has made it possible for him to bridge many worlds. Through sharing the gifts of oral history, music and ceremony, Hwiemtun has become an intercultural teacher and guide, nurturing transformation among many. Spiritually, Hwiemtun is a sweat lodge keeper, following the Lakota teachings, and a follower of Buddhism and spent two years working with the Maitreya Project throughout North America and Asia. He believes that we are all related in one way or another and this helps in achieving knowledge once we learn this clearly. Cowichan Tribes chief has acknowledged him as the cultural ambassador for the Cowichan people.
Hwiemtun has devoted his life to creating partnerships internationally, nationally and locally with organizations, youth programs, treatment centers, spiritual groups and tribes. He conducts presentations, workshops and ceremonies on a regular basis to promote understanding of indigenous ways of knowing. He has built sweat lodges in Germany, Hungary, South America, West Indies, Caribbean, Asia, and through out Canada. There are many other things that could be said about Hwiemtun, however, they can only be expressed in person.
Nikki Wilkinson is of Métis and Settler ancestry and is grateful for every opportunity to connect with the communities living here on the territory of Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. Her passion lies in being connected to Earth through growing food, land regeneration and focussing on food security and sovereignty for all. She graduated from the Permaculture Design and Resilient Ecosystems Diploma through Pacific Rim College in 2018 and now teaches growing skills through the school. She is so excited to be a part of the team and integrate her knowledge of plants, land care and food in every place she can.
Coreen Child carries the ancestral Kwak’wala name Yakawilas, ‘a place where property is given’. She is from the Kwakiutl (Kwagiulth) First Nation on northern Vancouver Island and is a descendant of many high-ranking Kwakiutl chiefs and families tracing her lineage back generations to the origin places of her ancestors. She currently lives with her partner Musgam’dzi and their three daughters in W̱SÁNEĆ territory near Victoria, BC.
She carries a diploma in Indigenous child and youth care, a diploma in language revitalization, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Kwak’wala language learning. She has served multiple and consecutive terms in service to her Nation as an elected counsellor and chief. Coreen continues to advocate for Indigenous communities and families serving on many boards and committees that include the Minister’s Advisory Council on Indigenous Women as Co-Chair. She has been a member of the BCAFN women’s council, First Nations Technology Council of BC, Union of BC Indian Chiefs’ All Chiefs Task Force on Children and Families, First Nations Education Council for School District 85, and the U’mista Cultural Society.
Coreen is committed to all aspects of advancing Indigenous rights and community advocacy; working in professional roles for Camosun College, University of Victoria, Sacred Wolf Friendship Centre, Kwakiutl Nation, Tsawout Nation and School District 85, Vancouver Island North. Yakawilas currently serves as the Executive Director to the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness in Victoria BC, and is the sole proprietor of her own business, Coreen Child Consulting. Coreen is renowned for her many gifts of traditional knowledge, dancing, singing and teaching, and continues to play an active role as a cultural leader and educator amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw communities.
Larissa grew up in Port Hardy on the Tsulquate reserve of the ‘Nakwaxda’xw people. Larissa’s traditional name is Mallidee, meaning treasured, respected one. On her mothers side, Larissa is Scottish, English, French and Kwakwaka’wakw from the Wei Wai Kum Nation in Campbell River. On her fathers side, Larissa is Kwakwaka’wakw from the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nation in Port Hardy. Larissa comes from a family of strong Indigenous people who have helped her along her educational journey. Ever since Larissa’s family became a foster family, she wanted to work with children, youth, and families. She has worked in many areas, but by far the most rewarding jobs and volunteer work she has done have been working with children and youth. Larissa is excited to bring her knowledge and skills from her education as well as past jobs and volunteer experience to the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness.
Jessica (she/her) is of Tsimshian, English, and Irish ancestry, with relatives spanning from Southern to Northern BC coastal communities. She was raised on Shishalh territory on the Sunshine Coast before moving to WSANEC and Lekwungen territory for her education. Jessica holds a Master of Arts in Counselling Psychology from the University of Victoria and has various experience working with youth, adults, and families in a counselling capacity. Jessica is passionate about mental health, decolonization, and cultural safety and strives to uphold these values through her work with street families.
Zahra has Settler ancestry and is originally from Afghanistan and currently living on the territory of Songhees and Esquimalt Nations. She has completed her Bachelors in Business Administration with a focus in Human Resources Management and Leadership through Camosun College in 2021. Zahra has worked with refugee settlement workers and has participated in developing programs in better integrating youth immigrants into Canadian society through a culturally appropriate lens. She is excited to be a part of the team and to integrate her knowledge in HR and her work experience in the workplace. On her days off you can find Zahra reading, cooking, and painting.
Filip-Metro was born into a Romanian family on Treaty 6 Nehiyawak land (Edmonton, Alberta, Canada), and educated on Narragansett land at Brown University (Providence, Rhode Island, USA), an Ivy League school that was historically complicit and a beneficiary of the transatlantic slave trade. He received a doctorate in history, with a specialization in genocide studies, where he studied under Omer Bartov, one of the world’s foremost authorities on the topic. He has taught at Brown, worked in the BC Public School System, and is a certified high school teacher in the province. He has also worked extensively with youth in sport. Filip-Metro is passionate about answering the ACEH’s call for equitable civic engagement to support the Aboriginal Street Community in Victoria, through its innovative and integrative use of culturally supportive housing, and its Decolonized Harm Reduction Framework. Filip hopes to help the team rethink the structure of civil society to include the
voices/perspectives/solutions of Aboriginal peoples, and address and dismantle any structural barriers that prevent these voices/perspectives/solutions from being heard and acted upon. This is directly related to his expertise, since there is an integral link between the structure of civil society on the one hand, and ethnic, or communal conflict and violence on the other.
ÍY SȻÁĆEL SIÁM NE SĆÁLEĆE
TÁSTENOT TŦE NE SNÁ ĆSE LÁ,E SEN ET W̱JOȽEȽP
My traditional name is TÁSTENOT my English name is Justina and I am from W̱JOȽEȽP. I am the Youth program support worker for the Aboriginal Coalition to End homelessness. I have been with the Coalition for just over a year.
I was a Support Worker and the House Aunty for SPAḴEṈ. I have great professionalism in the intersection of supporting youth, as I was a Foster Parent and have worked with youth in other work experience. I have my Indigenous Family Support Worker certification with Camosun College. I have also done the W̱SENĆOŦEN IST program through UVIC. This is the SENĆOŦEN Language and cultural program. I look forward to what the Youth Program will bring in the near future.
Hello! My name is Erica Pepevnak and I am the new Youth Program Development and Services Manager at ACEH!
I was born on the Eastern side of Turtle Island, but was raised on the lands stewarded by the Blackfoot Confederacy (Siksika, Kainai, Piikani), the Tsuut’ina, the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, the Métis Nation for most of my life. I moved to the territories of the WSANEC and Lekwungen peoples 6 years ago to complete my Social Work degree at the University of Victoria. My paternal grandparents came to Turtle Island as refugees from Slovenia and my maternal ancestors originally came from Norway, Ireland and Scotland. I originally went into social work in the hopes that it might give me the tools to learn how to love people better. My hope has always been to walk alongside and champion young people as they grow into all that they can be. I have walked alongside young folks in various capacities over the years, many of whom have lived experiences of homelessness, addiction, trauma, government care, and exploitation. One of my greatest joys is being their cheerleader as they accomplish goals they never thought possible!
The voices and stories of those I am relation with hold me accountable in the work that I do. I think of the children, youth, and elders whom I care for deeply who have taught me how to walk in a good way as I work towards a world that is safe for my loved ones.
In my spare time, I love being out in nature in any way possible and learning the original names of the plants around me. I love writing poetry and making art to get out all the thoughts in my head. I especially love having deep-life chats with those whose lives I intersect with.
Tori Mills (she/her) is of settler ancestry and was born and raised on the Upper Canada Treaties territory (traditional territory of the Haudenosaunee, Mohawk, and Huron-Wendat peoples), but has been mostly nomadic thus far. Obtaining her Bachelor of Science in Nursing in 2016, Tori has over five years of various nursing experience.
Most recently, Tori worked at the Supervised Consumption Site in downtown Moh’kins’tsis, Treaty 7 territory (known as Calgary, AB), where she found her calling in working with vulnerable populations and in harm reduction. Tori is very passionate about decreasing/eliminating barriers to services, connecting with the communities residing here on the territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, and the goal of ACEH: to end Aboriginal homelessness on Vancouver Island. On her days off, you’ll most likely find Tori surrounding herself with animals, books, physical activities, and/or her friends.