Housing and Youth Engagement

September 24, 2020


 Housing & Youth Engagement

Please join us for an online focus group that will explore the topic of housing and youth. The purpose of this focus group is to bring together young people to discuss their housing concerns, struggles, dreams and plans.

Questions to be discussed:

  • What are your housing concerns/obstacles to adequate housing?
  • Do you see yourself living on reserve or off?
  • If you were given the job to solve the on reserve housing issues what would you do?
  • How can we involve youth?
  • What questions do you think need to be answered?
  • How can we indigenize housing & infrastructure delivery? Do we need to?

September 24, 2020 1-3pm PST
To register, please email: engagement@fnhic-bc.ca​

Featured Speakers


 Shadae JohnsonShadae Johnson
Issamoo Yetta

W̱SÁNEĆ, Syilx, Tutchone, Han, Dene, Wolf Clan


Shadae is Indigenous from Canada, Born and Raised Vancouver British Columbia. Shadae is Coast Salish from Tsartlip, and Okanagan from British Columbia on her mother's side. Then Shadae is also Northern Tutchone, Dene, Han and Wolf Clan on her Father's side. Her Indian Names are Issamoo and Yetta. She has two young daughters and had a Husband

and she is now widowed he was full Dine and he belongs to the Naalani Dine’ born for Naasht’ezhi Ta’baaha (Zuni Edgewater) Maternal Grandparents clan Naalani Dine’ Paternal grandparents clan is Deeshchiini (Start of The Red Streak People).

Shadae Celebrates Culture Saves Lives; she practices Long House, Native American Church, Pow Wow, and Sweat Lodge. Shadae has used her culture to overcome childhood trauma in order to live her beautiful life today. Shade families live a clean, wellbriety, sobriety and sober lifestyle free of all substances, violence, abuses and addictions. Shadae Graduated in 2017 from Northwest Indian College with a General Studies Degree, Fine Arts Degree and an Environmental Science Degree, all associated degrees. Shadae is the

first in her family to attend and successfully graduate from a college and this is a huge milestone for them to celebrate. Shadae has other skills and certificates she has obtained and wants to keep pursuing her goals of furthering her education with the interest of


Shadae has a 16 year background working in Nonprofit as a grant writing, securing as team or alone over $200,000 in funding for Native Youth Art Projects. Shadae also has experience with program development based on community needs assessments, addresses issues and traumas through Indigenous Culturally appropriate art. Examples are the City of Vancouver Project, a $35,000 Inner City Indigenous coordinated project addressing healing and the fentanyl crisis, this mural is 300 feet long and 28 feet tall.

Shadae has also been on Television, hosted her own radio show, billboards, permindate art structures in Vancouver British Columbia. Shadae uses conflict resolution skills to support the depth and intertwined healing that takes place in her work, she has been trained via British Columbia Associations of Aboriginal Friendship Centers, a Canadian Federal Funded

program across the Province. Currently is in the Southwest and Northwest actively addressing Culture Saves Lives, Sexual Assault Victims Advocacy, Indigenous Women ReClaiming, Indigenous Love Stories, Culture

and the artist related to storytelling, regalia making and fine arts. Also delivering workshops in Culture Saves Lives, Traditional Parenting in a Western World, Pow Wow Regalia Making, Ribbon Skirts making, Creative Arts Healing, Baby Board and Urban Regalia Making.

 Braden EtzerzaBraden Etzerza
Climate Action Coordinator, Metlakatla First Nation

Braden recently completed his BSc in Environmental Science from Mount Royal University in Calgary. Braden is currently working for his home community of Metlakatla as the Climate Action Coordinator. His vision for Metlakatla is one centered around Ts’msyen culture and language, sustainable housing and energy, food security, climate change mitigation and preparation, and restoration of degraded areas within their traditional territories. Sustainable, healthy, adaptable, and locally built housing is crucial for all First Nations and will be critical to mitigating climate change and protecting the health of First Nations people. First Nations have the opportunity to take control of our built environments and provide long term housing for current and future generations.

We will be hosting future events - stay tuned!