About the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee:

Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee: is a coalition of organizations that have come together to advocate for the more than 16,000 Indigenous people living in Surrey. The Committee is composed of all Indigenous agencies operating within the city of Surrey. 
Surrey is home to the largest urban Indigenous population in BC, however, the City has far fewer Indigenous housing options compared to other large cities. The lack of affordable housing is one of the key reasons that 37% of Indigenous children in Surrey live in poverty.
Indigenous families face significant housing and related challenges: unaffordability, low availability of larger units for families, and few culturally appropriate housing supports. The City of Surrey needs at least 1,880 units of deeply affordable rental housing for Indigenous households. The number of Indigenous households that need low rent options will continue to increase due to Surrey’s rapid population growth and the rising cost of housing in the region. 

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SUILC Co-Chairs

Keenan McCarthy

Keenan McCarthy                   

Keenan McCarthy is the past President of the Nova Métis Heritage Association. He actively participates in Métis organizations across the greater Vancouver area and was previously a member of the North Fraser Métis board of directors. Keenan does all of this while studying Political Science and History at Simon Fraser University. He was recognized in 2019 by the Métis Nation of BC as an outstanding youth role model. 
Contact: Indigenousleadership@Surrey.ca


L. Daniels

Lyn Daniels 

Dr. Lyn Daniels (EdD) is the Director of Instruction, Aboriginal Learning within the City of Surrey. She is Cree and Metis and belongs to the Kawacatoose First Nation located in southern Saskatchewan. Lyn completed a Doctor of Education degree at UBC in Policy and Educational Leadership in 2016. Lyn’s research focused on Aboriginal college students’ memories of public education and how they compare to the memories of former Indian residential school students and educational policy in the colonial past and present.
Contact: Indigenousleadership@Surrey.ca

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