Meet Our People
We are a team of multi-disciplinary professionals that are driven to the mission of preserving the values and culture of indigenous people around the world.
One of our first missions is to empower and elevate the consciousness of young indigenous people in Squamish and British Columbia.
executive director and founding member of ccs
Leeland Askew (a.k.a. Discreet Da Chosen 1) is a direct descendant of “Chief Capilano”. He’s also the Executive Director and Founding member of: “Coyote Cultural Society”, he takes pride in his Afro-Indigenous, Coast Salish Heritage. His Ultra Magnetic Spirit has groomed and destined him to become a Natural “Siyám”, also known as one who takes care of the people. His passion stems from the Revitalization of Indigenous Language and Culture, as well as inspiring youth through musical talents and life experience. Osiem!!!
Ryan is a Jack of All Trades; he’s a great Graphic Designer as well as a Media Professional, with a deep background in Film and Acting.
“Driven by her mantra to leave this world better than we found it, Kelly has dedicated her skills over the last decade to working with a variety of non-profits including such important causes as mothers and children, the homeless population, mental health supports and accessibility for differently abled persons.
A firm believer that Truth and Reconciliation will require the participation of all Canadians, Kelly is excited to join CCS on its journey to provide opportunities that will enrich the Sḵwx̱wú7mesh people with skills, technology and career development programs.
With her background in non-profit leadership, development, and funding along with her talent for relationship building, grant writing and project and operations management, Kelly hopes that her work with CCS will create better lives for the Skwxwu7mesh people and a Canada in which we can all be proud.”