Revitalize

By bringing generations of Indigenous people from across Turtle Island together, VYPER fosters an environment of knowledge-sharing, healing, and cultural revitalization.

Resurge

VYPER advances the revitalization of Indigenous culture by inspiring and providing leadership opportunities for youth in Indigenous communities spanning Turtle Island.

Reclaim

By encouraging individuals to reclaim their Indigenous cultures, VYPER enables a journey towards self-empowerment and the conscious shaping of a narrative rooted in personal growth.

Meet the team of dedicated Indigenous youth behind all VYPER projects. VYPER leads come from various nations across Turtle Island, and are committed to the reclamation and revitalization of Indigenous culture.

Marcella Sunshine

VYPER Lead: Provincial

Marcella is Anishinabek, Ojibwe from Fishing Lake First Nation, Wadena, Saskatchewan. She is 22 years old and currently the coordinator for VYPER- Visionary Youth Peers for Equity & Revitalization.

Helena May

VYPER LEAD: VANCOUVER COAST

Helena is from Xa’xtsa First Nation. She currently resides in Vancouver. Helena has extensive history with facilitating and coordinating youth governed groups in Mission BC.

Angie Calhoun

VYPER LEAD: NANAIMO

Proud to be from Haisla, Gitxsan, and Duck Bay First Nation.
Angie currently resides on the Traditional territories of the ‘Snuneymuxw, Snaw-Naw-As, Quw’utsun and Tla’amin.’ Angie is passionate about social justice.

Pavel Dejarlais

VYPER LEAD: VANCOUVER

Pavel's family comes from the fort McKay Cree nation which is located in treaty six territory. I spend a lot of my time practicing my culture which includes, making Quillwork, attending Powwows, Round dances and ceremonies.

Nova Mcintre

VYPER LEAD: CHILLIWACK

Nova is from the Skuppah reserve in Lytton. They currently reside in Chilliwack BC, and play a vital role in VYPER's leadership and daily operation.

Nicole Provost

VYPER LEAD: ABBOTSFORD

Nicole's family is from the East Coast from the Huron and Nippising First Nations. Nicole is committed to Indigenous cultural revitalization and does a lot of work with the local neurodivergent community.

Megan Metz

VYPER Lead: Kitimat

Megan Metz, q̓éndaux̄ʷ, hails from the Haisla Nation on the Northwest Coast of British Columbia. She is 24 years old and a member of the black fish clan. She holds a First Nations Language Certificate in x̄á’islak̓ala from the University of Northern British Columbia as well as an Associate of Arts Degree from Okanagan College. Megan is passionate about mental health advocacy, language reclamation, and cultural revival.

Isaiah Harris

VYPER Lead: Vancouver Island

Isaiah Harris is a screenwriter from the Stz'uminus First Nation on Vancouver Island. Our team met Isaiah at an Emerging Indigenous Writers workshop- we connected instantly and knew Isaiah had to join us on our VYPER Journey.

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WHAT UP

WHAT UP What UP people! TONIGHT is our weekly Pow wow- we only have four left before summer! This is open to everyone, so feel free to come in, check out the vendors, eat some Read more…

Powwow Dance Classes

New: Powwow Dance Classes Join Angie Calhoun & Angel Desjarlais EVERY WEDNESDAY!  Jingle & fancy shawl footwork classes. 33130 Bevan Ave, 3:30PM-5:30PM. Open to anyone who wants to learn OR come practice their style. They Read more…