Éy swáyel. Tilyen tel skwíx. Teli tsel kw'e The'wá:lí.
I am of Stó:lō and mixed settler ancestry. I was raised in my home community, Soowahlie First Nation (near Chilliwack, BC) and have 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 fifteen years in Indigenous Peoples’ health leadership, 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 joined the ekw’í7tl Indigenous Doula Collective as a full spectrum doula in 2018. Along with other members of the collective, I co-created and facilitated Indigenous doula training and prenatal curriculum targeted toward Indigenous families.
It is my honour to walk alongside Indigenous families, and to collaborate with partners and allies to dismantle anti-Indigenous racism in health care and support new and old ways of health and healing for Indigenous people.
(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.