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Welcoming Syexwáliya as a Knowledge Keeper


We’re pleased to announce that Syexwáliya / Ann Whonnock has joined our team as a Knowledge Keeper. Syexwáliya is an Elder and Knowledge Carrier from Squamish Nation and a Knowledge Keeper/Elder Advisor with the First Nations Health Authority. She has strong Indigenous worldviews and is widely respected and acknowledged for her work and energy commitment to her community.

You may recognize Syexwáliya from many of our past events, where she often shares knowledge and welcomes participants through storytelling and song. She has guided our journey as an organization, particularly around cultural safety and humility, for many years now. We’re so grateful for the wisdom, advice and knowledge that she shares as we learn about and honour the Indigenous history of our province while helping to create a better tomorrow for Indigenous Peoples.

Syexwáliya stands beside a podium, with a purple background.

As a Knowledge Keeper, Syexwáliya will continue sharing ancestral knowledge and traditional teachings and help guide our ongoing journey towards cultural safety and humility.

We’re excited to welcome Syexwáliya to the team and we are thankful to have her by our side as we work to build a health care system free of discrimination, with relationships based on mutual respect and trust.


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2 comments on Welcoming Syexwáliya as a Knowledge Keeper

  • Victoria English says:

    Thank you so much for adding Syexwaliya as the elder and knowledge keeper everyone will benefit from her prayers and teachings. Her presence will give the indigenous partners a safer place and belonging. An exciting extension to the organization.

  • I am so happy to welcome Syexwaliya as the knowledge keeper for BCPSQA. I had the honour of working with her when I was employed at First Nations Health Authority and her teachings were always so insightful and inspiring. She is an incredibly accomplished woman and will provide such value to understanding how we can move forward together in a good way.