Matthew Norris, Co-Chair
Matthew is a member of the Lac La Ronge First Nation, a PhD student in UBC’s Department of Political Science, and Vice-President of the Urban Native Youth Association. Matthew is currently researching the implications of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples on the rights and representations of Urban Indigenous Peoples. The recognition and implementation of the UN Declaration is of key interest to Matthew who has been engaged in advocacy work on Indigenous title and rights through a number of professional and volunteer capacities including his work with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the Urban Native Youth Association, the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives, and the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition, through which he has made presentations and submissions to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues. Matthew is keenly interested in issues pertaining to social injustice and inequality.
Kimberley Wong, Co-Chair
Kimberley Wong (黄壯慈) is a queer Chinese Canadian femme whose work mirrors the intersections of her identity. She has been recognized by the city and the province for her accomplishments in climate justice and multiculturalism, and her work continues to evolve beyond this. Kimberley currently sits as the Chair of the City of Vancouver's Chinatown Legacy Stewardship Group, where she is putting her passion for crafting culturally appropriate and progressive policy to use. In addition to this, she finds thrill and inspiration in the challenges that campaign organizing brings, having built and executed campaigns since the age of 16. She is finding ways to bridge her education in urban geography and feminist theory with historic and contemporary experiences of racism, sexism, and homophobia. She sees through the lenses and experiential knowledge of living as a renter, being an independent contractor in a precarious work landscape, and of a descendant whose ancestors have long histories organizing and change making for marginalized populations on this land.