The wellbeing of one is connected to the wellbeing of all.
We Are Stronger Together
Founded by a trio of Indigenous facilitators, IndigenEYEZ has sparked a movement of creative empowerment with a focus on Indigenous youth. Based in Syilx-Okanagan territory, we have been delivering impactful programs since 2013, touching the lives of more than 9,000 people through 200+ workshops and 30+ camps.
Changing Lives: Many youth tell us our programs have changed them for the better. We focus on instilling empathy, teamwork, and creativity—tools that help emerging leaders come together for positive change and result in tangible effects on health, education, and employment.
kinSHIFT was built in 2020 as an IndigenEYEZ social enterprise designed to meet two objectives. One, respond to the growing requests from non-Indigenous allies for Truth & Reconciliation workshops. Two, create a sustainable means of funding our work with Indigenous communities.
Reciprocity: kinSHIFT workshops are a vehicle for mutual contribution. If participants have capacity to give more than the requested fees, that is wonderful and we will apply that DIRECTLY to our work empowering Indigenous communities. At the same time, we honour the contributions of all participants and are happy to accommodate anyone who finds ticket price to be an obstacle.
IndigenEYEZ is actively working to create a world in which Indigenous peoples are living an intergenerational legacy of well-being. We are led by the truth that Indigenous wisdom is vital to our collective path forward as human beings on this planet. Guided by principles of interconnectedness and shared responsibility, we use proven practices in community building and creative facilitation to deliver trainings that help cultivate healthier relationships so that we can work together for the wellbeing of all.
The enthusiastic response to IndigenEYEZ speaks to the need for our work, the power of the methods we practice, and the growing demand for strong Indigenous voices.
IndigenEYEZ operates as a project on MakeWay’s shared platform.
As Program Director of IndigenEYEZ, Kelly is known for her energizing, out-of-the-box workshops. Coming from a mixed heritage, Kelly has been bridging distinct worlds all her life, weaving together the strengths of her Syilx and European ancestry. She brings 30 years of community development at the community, nation, and provincial levels. Through her on-the-ground experience, Kelly came to see that a common barrier to the success of programs is relationship breakdown and that the key to turning this around is revitalizing Indigenous ways as the foundation for tackling current challenges. She co-founded IndigenEYEZ as a means of supporting natural champions in communities to better respond to the impacts of colonization.
Kelly is focused on the role of relationships in systems change and is sought out for her capacity to help deepen relations at a time in history when connections across differences are essential. Kelly has a BSW, Executive Coaching Certification, and extensive training in Creative Facilitation through Partners for Youth Empowerment (PYE Global). She lives in her family’s ancestral home on the Blind Creek Reserve in Syilx territory in the South Okanagan-Similkameen.
Situating herself within family and community, Denise is a Syilx-Okanagan woman, daughter, sister, auntie, wife, mother of 6 adult sons, and grandmother who is blessed to live in her home community on the Penticton Indian Reserve. A popular facilitator with IndigenEYEZ, Denise learned the importance of relationships from her father snpinktn Hereditary Chief Adam Eneas. From her mother, Verna Baker of the Sḵwxwú7mesh people, she learned the importance of family.
Denise is an adjunct professor supporting Indigenous students at UBC Okanagan, she teaches Indigenous Studies at Okanagan College, and co-facilitates cultural safety workshops for future health professionals at UBC. Denise holds an MSW as well as a diploma in nursing, and brings 30 years of diverse and in-depth experience in health and social services with both Indigenous and non-Indigenous organizations. Denise finds joy in being out on the land and spending time with her family.
kinSHIFT Circle of Support
Co-founder of IndigenEYEZ, Kim is Potowatomi from the Wasauksing First Nation. An insightful, experienced coach and leader in inclusion and reconciliation, Kim is known across the country for her powerful presence and healing workshops. She is in high demand with corporations, non-profits, and leaders who have come to trust her vision, wisdom and guidance. Her deep understanding of the need for genuine restoration has far-reaching implications in a time when we are seeking direction to address the mounting pressure of a system incongruous with the values of the natural world.
Kim has had the privilege of studying with Indigenous healers around the world. With degrees in geography and outdoor recreation, she brings extensive experience in land-based leadership and constructively engaging with Indigenous communities and committed allies in the work of decolonization and liberation.
Natalie is a white settler from England who moved to Canada as an international student and has lived with her Syilx husband and their large blended family in Syilx Nation communities for the past 20+ years.
A professor at Okanagan College and a holistic health practitioner, Natalie is passionate about creating inclusive, equitable communities of life-long learners. She draws on several years of creative facilitation training with IndigenEYEZ, doctoral studies in Indigenous Studies, and over 20 years of working with Indigenous communities and organizations on innovative projects in education, health, language and culture.
Natalie specializes in supporting groups to engage in courageous conversations about the continued occupation of Indigenous land, historic and ongoing state violence, truth and reconciliation, transformation, decolonization and resurgence.