Robbi Wilson (Palnata7)
My ancestral name is Palnata7, my english name is Robbi Wilson and I am a Coast Salish woman from the Tla’amin Nation (aka Sliammon). My late mom is Lorraine Wilson (Timothy) and my father is Alvin Wilson. I was inspired to start my own business after volunteering at the Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Center (VAFCS) providing a Family Program, and as a Violence Prevention Educator with the Canadian Red Cross Society’s (CRCS) RespectED Programs.
I initiated a partnership between the CRCS and VAFCS in 2007 which resulted in a Memorandum of Understanding signed to build capacity in the Urban Aboriginal Community with injury prevention; including violence and abuse prevention, first aid and falls prevention; emergency preparedness; and humanitarian issues.
It was after this momentous relationship building that I decided to continue my work as a Consultant with Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities.
In 2009 I was honored to be a co-presenter, with Dr. Darien Thira's Vancouver Island’s Inter Tribal Health Authority’s (ITHA) Aboriginal Suicide Critical Incident Response Team, to the First Nations Health Managers 2nd National Conference.
I served as an elected leader in my community for a 2 year term as a Councillor from 2010 to 2012. This community work was challenging yet rewarding!
I have worked in over a dozen Indigenous communities in BC which helps to raise awareness about our history and its effects on our Indigenous people, and on our communities.
I have worked in Vancouver with a non profit organization to serve the urban Indigenous community in health and welfare, social services, human rights, culture, education, recreation, homelessness and social enterprise from 2012 to 2018.
Currently, I will continue to support Indigenous and non Indigenous groups and organizations, in their process of weaving together our communities, using our traditional teachings as well as the Truth and Reconciliation Commissioner of Canada: Calls to Action as a guide.
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I believe that once the historical truths of Indigenous History are fully and honestly acknowledged, we can move forward together, with a deepened respect, strength and resiliency.