Who We Are

Coty Zachariah
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Coty Zachariah is a member of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte First Nation, Haudenosaunee, Turtle Clan. He also has strong African family roots in North Preston, Nova Scotia. A student, activist, writer, traditional drummer, youth leader. He is a member of the Youth Reconciliation Initiative for Canadian Roots Exchange on their Toronto team, Board of Governors Student Representative at George Brown College and the former twice-elected Aboriginal Constituency Representative.  His interested include music, dancing, sports, culture, youth/community advocacy, politics, environmental and social issues. Coty is co-host of Indigenous Waves.

Jamaias DaCosta

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Having spent over a decade working in radio and community education, Jamaias has been co-Host and Producer of The Vibe Collective radio show for the last eight years, and Producer of Indigenous Waves Radio for the last four years, both on CIUT 89.5FM. As a workshop facilitator, Jamaias works with grade schools, universities and multiple organizations and conferences for anti-oppression, social justice training with a focus on art, Indigenous education and decolonial thought. As a writer, Jamaias has worked with Caribbean Tales Film Festival, CBC, Muskrat Magazine and multiple publications. Jamaias sits on the advisory Board of Mixed in Canada, and is a mixed settler of Kanien’keha:ka, Cree, Irish and French, Jamaican (Colombian, African, Portuguese, Sephardic Jew) ancestry. Jamaias will be releasing her first spoken word recording project, Flint & Fire in early 2015.

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Aruna Boodram

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Aruna Boodram is a first generation settler/immigrant born and raised on the traditional land of the Three Fires Confederacy-Ganatsekwyagon Seneca village in what is now known as Scarborough. She has been involved in community organizing for the past 10 years both in Toronto and Kingston. She is a licensed paralegal and is the Project Coordinator at the South Asian Legal Clinic of Ontario. She is also a tenant advocate at the Federation of Metro Tenants Association and an independent consultant and facilitator that specializes in anti-oppression, consensus and facilitation training and strategic planning sessions for non-profits and grassroots organizations. Issues currently occupying her mind focuses on organizing around prison abolition, Indigenous sovereignty-solidarity and breaking down White supremacy/anti-Black racism as it manifests within model minority communities. She has hosted various shows on politics, prison, hip hop, anti-oppression, colonialism and resistance at CFRC 101.9FM in Kingston and CHRY 105.5FM in Toronto. She enjoys reading science fiction, DJing parties and exploring her foodie lifestyle.

Aruna is the News Editor for Indigenous Waves.

Susan Blight (former host of Indigenous Waves)

Susan Blight is a member of Couchiching First Nation, Anishinaabe, Turtle Clan.  A visual artist, filmmaker, and arts educator, Susan’s research interests include areas of resistance in popular hip hop, issues of Indigenous nationhood and decolonization, and the problematization of the colonial gaze in visual art.  Her films and video work have been screened nationally and internationally at such venues as Media City International Film Festival, Experiments in Cinema, and the ImagineNative Film and Media Arts Festival.   In addition, Susan has exhibited across North America, most notably at Gallery 44 Centre for Contemporary Photography, The Print Studio, Platform Centre for Photographic and Digital Arts, and the Art Gallery of Windsor.   Susan Blight received a Masters of Fine Arts from the University of Windsor (2007) in Integrated Media, a Bachelor of Fine Arts in Photography (2004) and a Bachelor of Arts in Film Studies (1999) from the University of Manitoba.

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