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kat norris

 

Kat Norris is Coast Salish from the Lyackson First Nation. Her traditional name, Zucomul’wat, is from her Musqueam great great great grandmother. Kat is a survivor-thriver of the Kuper Island Residential School, and is on her healing journey. Her formative years were spent in Los Angeles, California. After moving back at age 19, Kat joined the American Indian Movement, where she learned of the depth of genocide her people experienced. Eventually she formed the Indigenous Action Movement, and has organized against media bias, police brutality, and ambulance neglect.  Now, Kat is a cultural educator, doing contract work in Lower Mainland schools and universities. She is a grandmother and finds that taking care of and sharing knowledge with the next generation is a form of activism, still learning the importance of her role in this capacity.