New Métis Community Engagement Coordinator to Connect with Métis Families in Surrey

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The SUILC is pleased to announce that Keenan McCarthy, has been hired for the new SUILC position of Métis Community Engagement Coordinator!

Keenan McCarthy is the past President of the Nova Métis Heritage Association: a Surrey based organization. He has been actively participating in Métis organizations across Metro Vancouver. In 2019, he was recognized by the Métis Nation of BC (MNBC) as a role model and leader.

Keenan will facilitate Métis specific community engagement through the SUILC’s Skookum Lab: An Indigenous social innovation project. When asked about his new position, Keenan replied,

“I want to work hard to have Metis voices part of the conversation and recognized in Surrey.”

If you live in Surrey and identify as Métis, check out these Skookum online events for Métis families!

Bannock and Talk

Bake Bannock and learn more about Skookum Lab’s Métis Engagement Strategy

August 18th, 2020, 3:30 – 5:00PM

Road Allowance Métis

Learn about the Métis and the time that followed the Northwest Resistance of 1885.

August 26th, 2020, 2:00 – 4:00PM

The SUILC would like to hear from Métis voices in Surrey about “What makes a House into a Home?”

Check out the SUILC’s #skookumhome Art Contest!

Download a #skookumhome art contest package here and read the instructions on “How to Enter”.

We have some incredible prizes such as custom-made Métis moccasins by Lisa Shepard, an Apple IPad, and much more!

Deadline to submit your work is by August 15th, 2020.

All entries into the contest will feed into the SUILC’s Housing Solutions Lab to better understand urban Indigenous housing experiences in Surrey. The Lab will create a strategy for increasing Indigenous housing options in Surrey; this includes Métis housing options!

For more information about the Housing Solutions Lab, visit the Housing Solutions webpage.

Did you know? The Métis community makes up 45% of the growing urban Indigenous community in Surrey!


Keenan McCarthy

Métis Community Engagement Coordinator


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