Born and raised in British Columbia, Racelle Kooy grew up with a deep love for salmon, the Pacific Ocean and the mighty cedar forests. Her Dutch immigrant father encouraged her curiosity and critical thinking, and her Secwepemc / St’atl’imc mother helped ground her deeply in a sense of place and connection to people. Both parents demonstrated the richness of building and supporting community through service. Racelle is a member of Samahquam First Nation with strong family ties to Stswecem’c Xgat’tem.
Racelle strives for a balance of deep thought, proactive work that honours our Ancestors, and belly laughs. She has dedicated her professional talents to strengthening opportunities for Indigenous People and communities. She is an external relations strategist with twenty years of expertise in communications and government and media relations. She is a trusted advisor with strong analytical skills, adept at counselling leadership in advancing organizations. As a community engagement specialist, she is attuned to both the opportunities and the challenges that Indigenous people of Canada face.
Racelle has respectfully represented First Nations People and cultures to the world in English, French and Spanish. She has participated at the regional, national and global level with platforms including the Cannes International Film Festival and the inaugural live broadcast launch of Aboriginal Peoples Television Network. She enjoys working directly with communities as well as collaborating with national organizations such as the Assembly of First Nations and the Indspire Foundation.
Racelle stays grounded through her ancestral First Nation spiritual practices and as pow wow dancer. She finds great joy in instigating laughter and “aha moments” during conversations with others.