Coreen Child carries the ancestral Kwak’wala name Yakawilas, ‘a place where property is given’. She is from the Kwakiutl (Kwagiulth) First Nation on northern Vancouver Island and is a descendant of many high ranking Kwakiutl chiefs and families tracing her lineage back generations to the origin places of her ancestors. She currently lives with her partner Musgam’dzi and their three daughters in WSANEC territory near Victoria, BC. She carries a diploma in Indigenous child and youth care, a diploma in language revitalization, as well as a Bachelor of Education degree with a specialization in Kwak’wala language learning. She has served multiple and consecutive terms in service to her nation as an elected counsellor and chief. Coreen is committed to all aspects of advancing Indigenous rights and community. Yakawilas is the sole proprietor of her own business, Coreen Child Consulting. Coreen is renowned for her many gifts of traditional knowledge, dancing, singing and teaching, and continues to play an active role as a cultural leader and educator amongst the Kwakwaka’wakw communities.