Consulting Board Members

Why A Board?

Although our board is not hierarchy based, as a collective we believe in collaboration and consensus, and building on positive relationships and connections, as key to successful outcomes. We believe decolonization is a group effort and requires the voices and perspectives of diverse ethnicities and communities. The board ensures that decisions consider multiple perspectives, including those of Indigenous members and non-Indigenous individuals. This inclusivity is essential for well-rounded and equitable decision-making. Members of the consulting board bring a wealth of knowledge and expertise in various fields, which helps inform decisions related to strategy, programs, and initiatives. Our consulting board, particularly when addressing Indigenous issues and decolonization, serves as a crucial bridge between diverse perspectives, knowledge sources, and external networks. Our role is to ensure equitable decision-making, promote inclusivity, and ensuring decisions are in alignment with our mission and goals.

Rachelle Gladue (they/she)

Co-Founder & Trainer

I am Cree First Nations member residing in Treaty 6 territory. Currently in my third year of pursuing an Indigenous Social Work degree, my journey began with a background in correctional services, where I witnessed the need for transformative change in our systems. As an Indigenous queer mom, my passion for advocacy and social justice is rooted from my experiences with intergenerational trauma, systemic racism and discrimination. My advocacy efforts center on 2SLGBTQIA+ rights, Indigenous rights, drug policy reform, and the dismantling of oppressive systems. Through an indigenist and anti-oppressive lens, I strive to amplify the voices of marginalized communities and challenge systemic racism. My front-line experience, particularly in supporting unhoused individuals and those impacted by substance use, has deepened my commitment to harm reduction. I am also a former Instagram content creator, team lead and Naloxone trainer from 4B Harm Reduction Society (4BHRS).

Mikayla Dibben (she/they)

Consultant & Trainer

Hello, I'm Mikayla, a settler in Treaty 6 territory and a passionate ally to Indigenous communities. From a young age, I've deeply valued Indigenous culture and believe in utilizing my privilege as a white settler to support and amplify the voices of Indigenous communities. My journey has been shaped by both personal and professional experiences, including frontline roles working with unhoused communities. These experiences have molded me into an advocate for systemic change, firmly dedicated to upholding the rights to dignity, autonomy, and the opportunity to thrive. My empathy and passion are particularly strong when it comes to those who have endured injustices due to systemic violence and the often-detrimental effects of child welfare policies, contributing to generational trauma. I identify as a harm reductionist, and my approach focuses on meeting people where they are and creating a safe space for them to be their authentic selves. I'm committed to fostering a world where every individual is heard, respected, and supported in their unique journey toward healing and empowerment.

Bryce Ward (he/they)

Co-Founder & Trainer

I'm Bryce, a proud Cree Métis individual, and I call Treaty 6 territory my home. My educational background is rooted in addictions and mental health, and it's through this journey that I've found my passion for working in the field of harm reduction. I am a former member of 4B Harm Reduction, SORT, AAWEAR & Bear Clan. My advocacy work is driven by a fervent desire for social change, and I strive to empower individuals to discover their own path towards healing and growth. Guided by cultural knowledge and values from my Cree and Métis heritage, as well as my own transformative experiences, I firmly believe that people have the capacity for positive change and the ability to learn from past mistakes. I've grown beyond unfavorable behaviors and have committed myself to advocating for those who continue to grapple with systemic and generational trauma. As a voice for marginalized communities, I use my personal journey to empathize with and build rapport among the communities I support. Together, through understanding and support, we can pave the way for a brighter, more inclusive future.