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. 


Joanne Mills

Joanne  Mills

Joanne is the Executive Director of the Fraser Region Aboriginal Friendship Centre Association in Surrey and the treasurer of the BC Association of Friendship Centres. She has been a leader in health and social service agencies for over two decades. She has a passion for organizational transformation and change. Joanne is Cree from the Fisher River Cree Nation. 
Since 2018, the SUILC adopted a Terms of Reference to provide governance structure to SUILC operations, which was completed in January 2018.
In 2020, the SUILC published a Community Engagement Policy which clarifies the expectations of the SUILC when non-Indigenous organizations, governments, or researchers seek to engage or consult with urban Indigenous people in Surrey.  

Working Groups

Currently, the SUILC meets as a“committee of the whole” approximately every two months and hosts a strategic planning retreat once a year in the City. There are also five active Working Groups that meet as needed: 
SUILC Gathering