Meet members of our Team
Koosen Devin Pielle
Koosen is a member of the Tla’Amin Nation. She has traveled extensively in Canada and BC as a Youth Leader and with the First Nations Health Authority. Koosen has been part of the language team in Tla’amin for 9 years, and has described being part of the language team as “picking up where her grandmother left off”. Koosen utilizes radio, film, print, and social media to share the language with her people.
Jacqueline, a member of the Klahoose First Nation, has worked in her community’s language team for the last eight years. Language documentation, preservation & revitalization keeps her grounded in who she is as an Indigenous French-Canadian woman. Coproducing indigenous media content as well as navigating communications between settler establishments and her community keep her very busy. Jacqueline’s strengths include clear thought-out communication and she believes the way forward is by lifting people up, building capacity and investing in our people.
Dorothy is from the Homalco Nation and has taught language and culture in her surrounding communities for many years. She is enjoying Voice Over work with jehjeh Media, and is thrilled to share the language in meaningful and modern ways. As a mother of four, she is committed to making the world safer for Indigenous People so her children will not face the same challenges she has.
Tagum, otherwise known as Eileen Francis, is from Tla’amin Nation. She is a media producer who started her life long passion for film when she attended the Powell River Digital Film School. Her drama class, lessons included Film & Television which gave her her first taste of filmmaking. She then graduated the Indigenous Independent Digital Filmmaking Diploma (I.I.D.F.) with Doreen Manuel.
providing immense amounts of knowledge on how to Produce, Direct, Edit, and Distribute. Since graduating from Cap U, Eileen has facilitated stop motion animation workshops, and been on several film sets,
including a music video for Snotty Nose Rez Kids, dozens of short films and an APTN TV Show. She officially joined jehjeh Media in 2020, to help develop their film department.
Rae Dene Noble
Rae Dene Noble is a mixed race Indigenous woman from Tla’amin and Homalco First nations, located on the Sunshine Coast of BC. She specializes in health and wellness practices. Rae Dene was also a co- facilitator of the Blanket Exercise, working with Taxumajehjeh.
Rae Dene’s goals are to incorporate her culture into her client care. She is passionately learning about her traditional medicines and remedies to use in spa treatments. Rae Dene wants to share her interest of health, wellness, and beauty using her own language.
Shelby George is from the Tla’amin first nation and intergenerational residential school survivor. She is proud of where she comes from. Shelby’s passion for media and storytelling came from working on a radio documentary that highlighted the impacts of residential school, and specifically how it impacted language in her community. It is called “We are still here”. She loves learning and practicing her culture, and has participated in two big canoe journeys so far. Her goals are to become fluent in the language, and to share what she has learned. Currently, Shelby is doing makeup live streams for the community. In the near future, she will implement language into her live streams. Shelby is looking forward to expanding her media skills, and applying it to language revitalization for her and her community.
Host of The Poho Conspiracy on 107.1FM The Raven, Malachi began his learning to speak some words in ʔayʔajuθəm from his grandparents and mother. He began looking into the culture as part of his emotional and mental healing in finding an identity. After being hired for First Voices in 2018 he realized the importance of revitalizing a dying language. “I felt It was an honour and fun interviewing an ʔayʔajuθəm speaker as they began remembering more and more of their past before English .” Malachi is happy to join jehjeh Media since he has an interest for cultures of all kinds. He is still eagerly learning as much as he can about languages and the cultures that belong to them.
Lisa has a diploma in Hospitality Management, and more recently, a certificate in Foundations in Technology. She shares a passion for helping Indigenous people create space in the digital realm by helping tell their stories through digital media. She works in her community as a facilitator and a community research assistant and is studying Web Development and Coding.
Emily is from Klahoose and Tla’amin Nations and just graduated from UVic with a Bachelor of Arts with a Major in Indigenous Studies and a Minor in Applied Ethics. She is the designer behind Emily’s Beading and recently was elected to the Klahoose Nations Chief and Council.
Allison Conibear comes from the Klahoose, Tla’Amin, and Le’eyqsun Nations, as well as an English heritage. A writer, student, researcher, and dreamer – Allison is currently taking a break from the Indigenous Studies Bachelors Program at the University of Victoria. She will be working as an intern for the Ministry of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation as a Communications Specialist in the fall of 2021. She is also working with the Klahoose First Nation in collaboration with the University of Victoria as a Research Assistant on their strategic plan for language revitalization. Allison is going into the future passionate about learning, reconnection, reclamation, visual arts, and writing.
Zoë is a settler in Tla’Amin Territory dedicated to serving the land and language of her adopted home. She is a first generation settler of mixed race South African ancestry from the ethnic community known as the Cape Coloureds in Cape Town (//Hui !Gaeb, IKapa), South Africa. Her parents fled apartheid to continue their ‘mixed-race’ relationship.
Zoë works in multi-media storytelling and is passionate about pedagogy especially as it relates to using the arts and technology in social justice education. Her role in jehjeh Media is to support the work of local language warriors as an ally, technology resource, and mentor. She hopes to role model to other settlers healthy cross cultural relationships.
Celine is Nuu-chah-nulth from the Hesquiaht Nation, currently residing in Coast Salish territory.
Her creations represent who she is as an Indigenous woman, with inspiration from nations across Turtle Island.
“I love creating, because it is grounding for my heart and spirit. I feel power in reclaiming and modernizing traditional crafts of my people.”
Amira is from Toronto, Ontario where she was born and raised until the age of 12. That same year, she moved to Egypt with her family where she lived and went to school for 5 years. Living in Egypt, Amira was able to learn and speak her father-tongue– Arabic– and reconnect with her Egyptian culture. Amira is also Ojibway from Keeseekoowenin First Nations in Manitoba and has Black ancestry from Nova scotia.
Amira studied at York University where she received her BA bachelor’s degree with honours in English and a bachelor of education. Amira’s goal has always been to work in education to change, understand, and prevent further injustices against Indigenous Peoples in Canada. In her down time, Amira enjoys travelling, reading, writing, kayaking, and cycling.