Meet the UVSP Staff for 2022/2023
Katia Bannister | UVSP Coordinator
Major: BA, Majoring in Environmental Studies and Geography, and Minoring in Indigenous Studies
Home territories: The unceded territories of the Coast Salish and Hul'q'umi'num speaking peoples — specifically those of the Penelakut Tribe
It is with gratitude and respect I acknowledge my presence on the unceded territories of the Lək'ʷəŋən speaking peoples and their descendants — now known as the Songhees and Esquimalt — and the SENĆOŦEN speaking W̱SÁNEĆ peoples, all of whom have had relationships with these lands and waters since time immemorial, and whose traditional relationships continue to this day, in spite of the systems of violence, racism, assimilation, and oppression upheld by the Government of Canada. These are territories I am now a settler on and on which I live, work and play.
I am a firm believer in climate justice and believe in using my voice, writing and photography to catalyze visible changes in my community, and to inspire other youth to take action at the community scale, develop their skills in leadership and use their unique voices and talents to create the change they want to see now and in the future.
I am known for my past work with the Cowichan Valley Earth Guardians crew, Vote16BC Campaign, and Canadian Freshwater Alliance — as well as various other people-powered, and action-centric organizations in British Columbia. In addition to my current work with the UVSP, I work with UVic Ecological Restoration Club to connect people to place, tell grassroots stories and inspire community-led environmental action. I also work with the University of Victoria Whitewater Club, encouraging young people to engage with their watersheds, and tie together values of stewardship and recreation.
Interested in working for the UVSP? Contact the UVSP at email@example.com to inquire about work study positions.