BCAFN Female Youth Representative
Kalila George-Wilson is 23 years old from the Tsleil-Waututh Nation in North Vancouver, BC. Kalila has acted as the BCAFN Female Youth Representative for nearly 2 years.
She is currently working towards a teaching degree to advance her career as a language learner and teacher of the Coast Salish halq'eméylem and hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ dialects.
Kalila has been working as a language teacher for the past 3 years. Revitalizing Indigenous languages and culture is very important work, and Kalila's passion is delivering these teachings to the next generation of youth.
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.