Éy swáyel. Tilyen tel skwíx. Teli tsel kw'e The'wá:lí.
I am of Sto:lo and mixed settler ancestry. I was raised in my home community, Soowahlie First Nation (near Chilliwack, BC) and have kinship ties to Cowichan, Snuneymuxw, and Sumas First Nations. I proudly carry the ancestral name, Tilyen. I have enjoyed living on the beautiful unceded, ancestral lands of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-Waututh Peoples since 2009. I am a wife and mother to two young children. My pronouns are she/her.
I have worked for fourteen years in Indigenous Peoples’ health planning, policy, education, and research. I hold a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology and Psychology, and a Master of Public Health Degree. I am passionate about Indigenous Peoples reclaiming our authority as decision-makers in our own health and well-being. My career goal is to create a better world for our children and grandchildren through principles of Indigenous wellness and decolonizing approaches.
My love for supporting Indigenous women and families grew from my own experience of becoming a parent. After the birth of my second child, I was called to birth work. I proudly practiced as a full spectrum doula with the ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective. I also helped to co-create and facilitate Indigenous doula training and prenatal curriculum targeted toward Indigenous families. In 2021, I transitioned to a new leadership role in health care and am no longer taking doula clients. It is my honour to continue to serve Indigenous families in a new capacity.
(One heart, one mind)
I acknowledge my privileges as a white-passing, cis hetero woman (she/her/hers). I am a lifelong learner and am continuously working toward decolonized and inclusive approaches. I aim to humbly support all persons and families, with an open heart and open mind.