Meet Súa's Youth Cultural Ambassadors of 2017

  Eliza is a cultural ambassador for the second year in a row! She is 15 years old and her traditional name is Gazaks. Eliza is from the Raven clan and is adopted into two more. She loves making art and even sells some of her pieces.

  Ivan is a cultural ambassador for Súa for the second year in a row! At only 13 years old he is an impressive young leader, talented artist, and drummer. Ivan's traditional name is Wayenkv, which means Jackson Pass. Ivan enjoys going out on boats into Kitasoo/Xai'Xais traditional territory and hopes to one day be a Kitasoo/Xai'Xais Watchman.

  Laverne is joining Súa for her third year. This year, she is acting at the senior youth cultural ambassador. Laverne is 18 years old and her traditional name is Yuxva G'num, meaning dancing girl. A proud member of the Raven Clan, she also jumps at the opportunity to dance as Raven in the Four Crests song. Laverne can almost always be found near the front of the dancers or bringing the performance group back on track during practices. She is entering her last year of high school and hopes to pursue a university degree in Biology. Laverne is full of potential and we can't wait to see what she does.

  Mya is 13 years old and is an ambassador for the first time this year after participating in Súa performances throughout last season. Her traditional name is Pais, meaning flounder. She is very shy, but thinks that telling stories and public speaking are good challenges and she actually enjoys doing it a lot.

  Troy just moved back to Klemtu after living in Vancouver for the last 15 years. He is 19 years old and very committed to connecting with his Tsimshian roots and learning more about Kitasoo/Xai'Xais culture. He joined the team of ambassadors halfway through this season after demonstrating exceptional maturity and skill at Súa performances. We are so excited to have him on our team.


  Lisa Hackett
Program Coordinator

Lisa has been with Súa since it started in 2015. She is the program's overseer and facilitator, and she loves the multidisciplinary opportunities that working with Súa offers. She is an actor, improvisor, and student from Halifax, Nova Scotia. Lisa grew up on Vancouver Island in British Columbia, Canada where she fell in love with the wild West Coast. Growing up, Lisa's family spent a lot of time sailing the Pacific Ocean, camping, and otherwise spending time with nature. Since moving to Halifax, Lisa has grown her resume as an actor, community volunteer, and research assistant at Dalhousie's Indigenous Wellness Lab. She is passionate about advocacy surrounding human rights and gender justice as well as community outreach that touches on these issues. Lisa has eight years of experience as an improvisor and actor for theatre, film, and television productions. She uses improv and drama activities as tools to break down barriers between youth and help them step out of their comfort zone to discover their voice.