Green Party of Canada Candidate, Victoria BC
Racelle Kooy

Balancing deep thought and proactive work that honours our Ancestors (social justice and sustainable development). And belly laughs.

 

Racelle’s Story

Background

Born and raised in British Columbia, Racelle Kooy grew up with a deep love for salmon, the Pacific Ocean and the mighty cedar forests. Her Dutch immigrant father encouraged her curiosity and critical thinking and her Secwepemc- St’atl’imc mother helped her ground deeply in her sense of place and connection to people. Both parents demonstrated the richness of building and supporting community through service. Racelle is a member of Samahquam First Nation with strong family ties to Stswecem’c Xgat’tem.

Racelle strives for a balance of deep thought, proactive work that honours our Ancestors and belly laughs. She has dedicated her professional talents to strengthening opportunities for Indigenous People and communities. She is a community outreach specialist with 20 years of expertise in communications, government and media relations. She is a trusted advisor with strong analytical skills, adept at counselling leadership in advancing organizations. As a community engagement specialist, she is attuned to both the opportunities and the challenges that Indigenous people of Canada face.

Racelle has respectfully represented First Nations People and cultures to the world in English, French and Spanish at regional, national and global platforms like the Cannes International Film Festival and the inaugural live broadcast launch of Aboriginal People’s Television Network. She enjoys working directly with communities as well as collaborating with national organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations and the Indspire Foundation.

She stays grounded through her ancestral First Nation spiritual practices and as a pow wow dancer. She finds great joy in instigating a round of belly laughs and “aha” moments of exchanges with others.

Facilitation Highlights

Assembly of First Nations Annual General Assemblies and Special Chiefs Assemblies Bilingual Co-Chair

2015-2018 Canada

National Green Party of Canada Convention Bilingual Co-chair

2018 Vancouver, BC

Assembly of First Nations National Energy Forum

Bilingual Co-Chair, March 2017

Indigenous Language Legislation Regional Engagement Sessions Bilingual Facilitator

Department of Canadian Heritage, 2018   Assembly of First Nations, 2017

Murdered and Missing Indigenous Women Pre-Inquiry Input: Assembly of First Nations Session

Bilingual Lead Facilitator, February 2016

At Home and Abroad

Public Speaking Engagements

Rainbow Music Festival, Australia

Presenter and Artist
January 2018

Bi-weekly Contributor on First Nations Affairs

Radio-Canada
2014-June 2017

3rd Annual BC Cabinet and First Nations Leadership Gathering

Emcee
September 2016

First Nations University of Canada

Spokesperson, 2012-2015

Inter-American Organization for Higher Education. Colloque: L'internationalisation de la Mission Sociale des Universités dans les Amériques

Presenter- L’université des premières nations du Canada- les atouts pour engager et retenir des étudiants autochtones
Oct 2014

North American Indigenous Games 2014

Opening Ceremonies Co-Host for Radio Canada 2014

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