Human Nature

Sharing the stories and passions of people who inspire us

This month, we’re recognizing International Women’s Day by featuring the journeys of three inspiring women and how they’re making a difference in their communities.

JOLEEN

RYME

SHANIQUE

JOLEEN

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Meet Joleen, Producer and Founder of Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week

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“We need to be the change that we want to see in our communities.”

“I am really proud to have founded Turtle Island’s first Indigenous Fashion Week as a platform to increase dialogue and foster greater opportunity and understanding for emerging Indigenous designers, models and artists. Currently, I focus on giving back by working with children in foster care, as well as Indigenous communities through numerous non-profits. I also play on a women’s Indigenous basketball team, where we’ve learned that you have to practice the game how you want to play it. In the same way, we need to be the change that we want to see in our communities.”

- Joleen

RYME

SQUAMISH, MUSQUEAM AND TSLEIL-WAUTUTH NATIONS, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Meet Ryme, a Youth Worker, Educator and Artist

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“It's important that we uplift and empower each other... towards a more equitable world.”

“I wanted to create a safe space for those who feel like they don’t belong, so I started a skateboarding club last year to give marginalized youth the opportunity to learn how to skate. It's important that we uplift and empower each other – it's the only way towards a more equitable world. Skateboarding really helped me find myself and it was important for me to share that with young girls, BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour), new immigrants/refugees and queer students.”

- Ryme

SHANIQUE

VANCOUVER, BRITISH COLUMBIA

Meet Shanique, a DJ and Event Producer

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“I have gained more self-acceptance through my participation in this loving and supportive community.”

“I was inspired to start LEVEL UP, Vancouver's only queer hip hop dance party featuring entirely BIPOC (Black, Indigenous and People of Colour) performers, to create a space where people with similar experiences could come together and express themselves freely. I feel an overwhelming sense of gratitude when we gather and support one another. I have gained more self-acceptance through my participation in this loving and supportive community.”

- Shanique