Meet our new team member, Maryel!

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December, 2016

Maryel is Cree-Metis whose family hails from Lac La Biche Alberta. She graduated from the University of British Columbia in 2013 with a Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology/First Nations Studies. Maryel has experience working with First Nations peoples and communities through her work with the Ministry of Advanced Educations’ Aboriginal Education and Training Unit, The University of British Columbias’ First Nations House of Learning and the Urban Native Youth Association. Maryel is also an experienced filmmaker, she is interested and has experience working in film/TV and documentary film. With a wide range of experience in policy, communications and film production Maryel is able to bring a diverse and well-rounded eye to her work at Castlemain.

What does reconciliation mean to you?

Reconciliation means coming together as a community and lifting each other up by acknowledging our differences, respecting them, and learning from each other.

Describe an initiative or project you’re proud of.

A Project I am proud of is when I traveled to Prince Rupert to film and document the Gitxaala First Nation participate in a canoe journey. The youth of the community canoed from Kikatla, BC to Matlakatla, Alaska. It was a very challenging, inspiring, and an uplifting experience.

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