Board of Directors
Patricia is of Cree, Métis, and English descent and a member of the As’in’î’wa’chî Ni’yaw Nation. She is a mother, changemaker, founder and non-profit director of Massy Arts Society, cofounder of the Indigenous Brilliance Reading Series, and owner of Massy Books – a new and used, Indigenous owned bookstore on the traditional, ancestral, unceded, and occupied territory of the xʷməθkʷəyəm (Musqueam), Sḵwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and selílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations, also known as Vancouver, BC. After spending a lifetime working at various bookstores and non-profits, she decided to open her own bookstore prioritizing the voices and stories of over-excluded authors and artists, and creating a place where people could gather, connect, and organize.
Emily Dundas Oke
Emily Dundas Oke is a nehiyaw, Scottish, English, and Métis curator and editor. She is currently Assistant Curator at the Burnaby Art Gallery and and has previously held staff positions at The Capilano Review, Massy Arts Society, the Contemporary Art Gallery and the Kamloops Art Gallery. A graduate of Philosophy and Visual Art (BA) from Thompson Rivers University, she has been the recipient of numerous grants and awards including the Ken Lepin Award of Excellence and is an alumni of the TRU Indigenous Knowledge Makers program. She has exhibited nationally and internationally, and has been an artist in residence at Nida Art Colony (Lithuania), Ideas Block (Lithuania) and the Kamloops Printmakers Society (Canada). Her work is guided by reciprocity, resurgence and collaboration.
Michelle Sound is a Cree and Métis artist, educator and mother. She is a member of Wapsewsipi Swan River First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory, Northern Alberta and she was born and raised on the unceded and ancestral home territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations. She holds a Bachelor of Fine Arts from Simon Fraser University, School for the Contemporary Arts, and a Master of Applied Arts from Emily Carr University Art + Design. Michelle is currently an Indigenous Advisor at Douglas College. She is a multidisciplinary visual artist and her art practice includes a variety of mediums including photo based work, textiles, painting and Indigenous material practices. Her artwork often explores her Cree and Métis identity from a personal experience rooted in family, place and history. She works with traditional and contemporary materials and techniques to explore maternal labour, identity, cultural knowledge, and cultural inheritances. Public art pieces include a utility box art wrap (City of Vancouver), street banners (City of New Westminster) printed Transit shelter mural and a painted mural at Ociciwan Art Centre (Edmonton)She has had recent solo exhibitions at Neutral Ground ARC (Regina), Daphne Art Centre (Montréal), Alternator (Kelowna), Gallery 101 (Ottawa), Burrard Arts Foundation, and Seymour Art Gallery (Vancouver).
Olivia is Indigenous to the Cora Indians of Nayarit in Mexico. She is the co-founder and Director of Clinical Services at the Metro Vancouver Indigenous Counselling. She holds a Master’s in Social Work from the University of British Columbia and a Bachelors of Social Work from Nicola Valley Institute of Technology. She has lived in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for the majority of her life and has worked with Indigenous women and children from the community for over 20 years. As Registered Social Worker, she currently works for Providence Health as the Coordinator of Indigenous Cultural Safety, in private practice, and for the University of British Columbia as an adjunct professor in the Department of Social Work.