Eugene Boulanger is a Dene community organizer and event producer from Sombah K’e, Denendeh (also known as Yellowknife, Northwest Territories), who has been living in East Vancouver since the fall of 2008. Eugene’s background in anti-oppression, cross-cultural dialogue and social inclusion goes back to his work as a volunteer youth worker in the North, and most recently with his time spent working with W2 Community Media Arts Society in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside neighborhood. Eugene also sits on the board of directors of KAYA Vancouver.
Eugene acknowledges that he is a guest on unceded Coast Salish territory, and is thankful for the opportunity to contribute to the Dialogues project on Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, and Skwxwú7mesh lands.
Ejemen Iyayi is a Nigerian-Canadian who lived in South Africa and England before immigrating to Canada in 2004. Since then she has worked in different capacities, such as being a peer workshop facilitator, a crisis support volunteer, and currently, an immigrant and refugee youth advocate as part of Action Team, a youth group formed from the Multicultural Youth Circle (MY Circle) program of ISS of BC (Immigrant Services Society of BC). She is also representing Action Team as a youth community leader participant in the CitizenU action-research project. She has a BA in Sociology and enjoys working for initiatives which aim to build and strengthen bridges of understanding between diverse communities. She is currently completing a mediation certificate at the Justice Institute of BC.
The Vancouver Dialogues Project is coordinated by Social Policy, Community Services Group, City of Vancouver. The project team includes Baldwin Wong, Project Lead; and Karen Fong, Project Coordinator. The project is also supported by a Steering Group of diverse community partners.