Asè, we are Iyé Creative

   Iyé Creative is a food justice and grassroots collective nurturing reciprocal relations and mutual aid systems. Our intention is to hold space for healing, enjoyment, and abundance, as means of breaking through the path of human suffering. 

 

   Through our intersectional approach, we centre our work on the restoration of ancestral narratives, practices, and ways of being within communities that have been historically oppressed and are located on unceded and occupied Coast Salish Territory.

   The plurality is made up of complex ecologies of what is considered the Coast Salish Territory since the beginning of time. Our ongoing commitment to uplift indigenous voices is supported by honouring, continually expanding, and building understandings of Indigenous rights and history in order to fulfill our responsibilities as settlers, who pray, live, and engage diverse, ever-changing communities on the unceded territory of the  W̱SÁNEĆ and the Lək̓ʷəŋən speaking peoples-the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations.

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MISSION

To ensure the participation, contributions, and support of racialized and marginalized people are valued in the region’s food systems, strategies, and services 

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VISION

To generate communal abundance, by embodying global indigenous ways of knowing, as tools of liberation for a more equitable and just society.

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     Ariel is a community connector, Afrofuturistic, systematic thinker, Iyé Creative co-founder, and entrepreneur born in Santiago de Cuba, Cuba. Ariel for the past 10 years have been involved in coordinating at the highest level, optimizing, and managing various community, and international collaboration projects and grassroot initiatives that favour long-term, reciprocal and respectful relationship building for communities in Cuba and what’s currently Canada.

     Jess is the Iyé Creative co-founder, foodie, and entrepreneur born in BC, Canada. For the past 7 years Jess has been involved in the execution of various anthropological and archaeological research-based projects that favour long term and respectful relationship building with First Nation communities. As a community builder, she loves connecting with knowledge keepers in order to create alternatives based on global ancestral practices to solve local, and modern unbalances. During her spare time she enjoys crafting using traditional practices.

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Co-Founders

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Tariro Kudzoyashe Murwira

Researcher,

Community Based Research

Tari is Zimbabwean born, and has had the pleasure to call Victoria home for 6 years. She is a graduate of the University of Victoria, with a strong background in community-based research. She co-authored "Beyond Rice and Beans", a report on food security in Victoria. Tari is passionate about bridging newcomers with resources, and opportunities.

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Nancy Nyandika

Researcher,

Community Based Research

Nancy was born in Kenya, East Africa. She is a visitor on the unceded ancestral lands of the Lək̓ʷəŋən People. She is passionate about sustainable development rooted in community (and individual) participation as communities (and people) always know what they need and what works best for them.

Her work and life experiences have taught her that we are all connected, to each other, and to our environment. She is learning what it means to be a global citizen in a multi-cultural world. 

Nancy is an alumna of Royal Roads University’s Master of Arts in Intercultural & International Communication program. 

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Jumana Risheq

Creative Director,
Living in Liberation

     Jumana places her belonging and identity as a daughter of the land, a lover and a beloved of the natural world. As a second-generation refugee of Occupied Palestine born in Jordan, raised in Ontario. 

 

Her journey has taken her to an intensive medical degree in phytotherapy and nutrition and lead her to her ongoing mentorship and relationship with the indigenous Ammarin Bedouin tribe of Beidha, Jordan. Medicine women of the tribe would guide her in recording ancestral land, and plant-based medicine, myth and society of the lands from her ancestors roamed. 

 

Jumana is devoted to building bridges between medicine from the earth to medicine for the earth by re-invigorating our embodied experience of interdependence and relationship with plants, culture and ecology.