Mya belongs to the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh Úxwumixw (Squamish Nation) on her mother’s side, she is also part of Kanien’kahá:ka (Mohawk) within the Eastern Door of the Iroquois confederacy, on her father’s side. She was born in North Vancouver on Musqueam, Tsleil-Waututh, Stolo, and Squamish peoples’ traditional territories and grew up on the X̱wemelch’stn Uxumixw (Capilano Village/Reserve) in West Vancouver. Mya has been working as a cultural and youth facilitator for 4 years now, she has gained her experience in facilitation and working with children at Cheakamus Center learning & teaching the traditional ways of the Squamish People. She later transition into teaching highschool aged students about environmental skills, plant knowledge and cultural teachings with Environmental Youth Alliance (EYA)
Through her work, Mya was thrilled to develop environmental job skills such as native plant horticulture, medicinal plant knowledge, ecological restoration, teaching and facilitation. Mya is excited to share her experience about cultural and environmental teachings! She also enjoys spending time with her many siblings and family, doing sewing projects and practicing pow wow dancing, hoping to dance and travel to pow wows soon!