Asiyah (Afro-Caribbean/Arawak Indigenous) was born and raised on Grand Bahama Island, known today as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations, and moved to Lekwungen territories almost six years ago. Since being here, she has been an avid community member, actively using her voice to work against anti-Muslim and anti-Black sentiment. She is a core member of Iyé Creative, which is an initiative dedicated to Black sovereignty primarily through food access, using local Indigenous and Afro-Indigenous ways of knowledge in regards to land stewardship, and protection. She also works as a consultant for local businesses and organizations on workplace culture, hiring, internal structure, etc., to aid in the creation of more inclusive, safe spaces for BIPoC peoples working within colonial systems. Throughout all of her community engagements and projects, her primary focus is to connect with, listen to, and learn from under-represented communities to influence necessary systemic change.
Company Name: Iyé Creative