Kirsten Whitney – Co-Secretary

Kalhwa7alap Nsnekwnúkwa7 SKirsten nskwátsitsa T’ít’q’etmeckan.

Hello, friends/relatives/people, my name is Kirsten I grew up in the community of T’it’q’et

which is adjacent to the town of Lillooet, BC. T’it’q’et is one of 11 communities that is part of the St’at’imc Nation. My traditional name is Qwezqwazíźken (bluebird). My pronouns are She/Her/Hers. 

I graduated in 2017 from Emily Carr University of Art and Design with a Bachelor of Design (BDes), majoring in Communication Design and a minor in Curatorial Practices. 

Being an Indigenous youth growing up on the reservation I understand the many barriers that youth can be faced with trying to navigate a colonialized world. We are living in an important time as we move forward to meet the challenges that confront us in our communities. Living in the information age I believe that youth feel a need or pressure to become more involved in the current socio-political discussions and in turn, many of them are taking action. I believe it is crucial to listen to and allow them to be agents of change. With that said, my values closely align to Check Your Head’s values and mission and I am so honoured to be a part of this organization during this time.