Even though I am syilx and a WFN member, I did not grow up in my community. It was not until around 2015 that I was able to begin learning more about my own heritage. Working for WFN gave me the perfect opportunity to learn more about the community and give back to / work for it. Since 2015, I have been a summer student at WFN in the departments of Administration, Finance, Human Resources, Occupational Health & Safety, and finally the Museum. This has given me a strong understanding of WFN as an organization. As a community, however, the museum has and continues to teach me the most. For that I am immensely grateful and have since moved into the position of Museum Assistant.
As Museum Assistant, I provide support for the staff of the museum. My favorite part of my position is that I get to learn more about and appreciate all aspects of my culture not only from the amazing staff at the museum but members of the community and people from all around the globe as well. So the next time you drop by the museum, don't be a stranger!
My name is Kaytlin Ell, but you can call me Kayt, and I am a WFN member. I am currently a student at UBC-O, working towards my Bachelor of the Arts with a major in Psychology. During my education I have focused not only on psychology but Indigenous studies as well. This has allowed me to explore a variety of Indigenous cultures outside of my own and has further fostered my interest in the subject.