BCAFN Female Youth Representative
Sel Ya:altenot is my traditional, Xwelmexw name and my English name is Angela Charlie. I come from Sts’ailes and Musqueam where Halqemeylem is the traditional language. I was raised in a very respectable, culturally strong, and close-knit family and was groomed to be Xwem Xwem Sqwel Wel, which is to be strong and proud of who you are and where you come from.
I have worked with a diversity of youth in Sts’ailes as a cultural youth advocate and also worked as a youth worker since the age of 16. At the age of 17 I worked for Sto:lo as a A.C.T.T (Aboriginal Career Training Team), team leader. I have also worked as a receptionist at Snowoyelh, which is the child and family services office in Sts’ailes where I assisted in hosting cultural camps such as puberty camps, traditional food preserving and women’s and men’s healing programs.
Currently I am a student at the University of the Fraser Valley in the second year of the Social Work program. Furthering my education, I would like to enroll in the Bachelor of Indigenous Arts after I obtain my BSW. I have also completed 2 years in the Halqemeylem language courses and would like to continue my journey down that path.
I take pride in being a young and positive role-model and leader in my home communities. For many years I have played an integral role in my family’s cultural dance group and Sasquatch Tours business which is a family business instilling cultural awareness and empowerment across the lower mainland.
In my spare time I enjoy playing soccer, participating in traditional war canoe races and taking part in cultural events.
BCAFN Male Youth Representative
Johnny Hanuse, is a member of the Klahoose First Nation. He currently sits on the Board of Directors for Qathen Xwegus Management Corporation, which deals specifically with economic development ventures and partnerships that operates within arm’s reach of the Klahoose First Nation. He has five years’ experience as a communications coordinator where he further developed his interest in writing, research and photography.
He has been a youth worker intermittently since he was 16 years old. In 2014 he completed the Aboriginal Youth Internship Program where he worked at the Ministry of Environments: BC Parks as a project coordinator for nine months. Johnny and his supervisor worked with youth councils to plan youth based events with the initiative to be active and to get outdoors. During the last three months of the internship he went up to Haida Gwaii and worked with the Old Massett Youth Group. They hosted cultural camps and their very own potlatch.
In his spare time Johnny plays acoustic/electric/slide guitar and writes his own songs; skateboards and writes short stories.