Linnea Dick is a writer, orator and activist from the Kwakwaka’wakw, Nisga’a and Tsimshian nations. She became involved in Indigenous activism in 2013 with a conviction to create social change and help heal the injustices faced by Indigenous peoples. Through this work, she began to heal and recognize her purpose in life – to advocate for Indigenous youth, culture and sexual assault victims through public speaking. From 2015 – 2017 she worked closely with UBC, where her late father, Beau Dick, was an artist in residence. He continues to be one of the biggest inspirations in life; a strong sense of identity and purpose in life instilled within her. In 2015, she had a written piece published in the book Lalakenis/All Directions: A Journey of Truth and Unity, sharing her journey through activist movement “Awalaskenis” and the importance of connection to culture. In 2017, she collaborated with artist, Jeneen Frei Njootli, sharing poetry for her artist project “red rose and lidii,” published in C Magazine — a contemporary art magazine. Since then, she’s gone on to have two more published pieces, and is now working on her first book – a collection of poetry. Linnea continues to share her story through different avenues, and in her spare time enjoys writing, hiking, meditation and yoga. She chooses to live as her ancestors did: on the path of sobriety and with love for her community.
To learn more about what Linnea is doing now, visit her Current Projects page.
Linnea created this message for Indigenous youth through the We Matter Campaign!