Jada-Gabrielle Pape, BA, MEd, is Coast Salish from the Saanich and Snuneymuxw Nations. She is a cultural safety and First Nations curriculum consultant, designer and instructor as well as a certified counselor.
Jada-Gabrielle Pape has been working with urban and rural First Nations people and communities since 1992. A specialist in cultural safety training and workshops Jada has worked with doctors, nurses, doulas, prison staff, prison inmates, women in the sex trade, teachers, Chiefs and Council, government agencies, non-profits, elementary and high school students. Her professional experience includes UBC’s Museum of Anthropology, BC Centre for Disease Control, the Vancouver School Board and BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital, BC Hearth and Stroke Foundation, and the BC/Yukon Women’s Cancer Alliance. Her work has brought her to Aboriginal communities across the province.
Jada worked with Hello Cool World for many of the projects they did with Chee Mamuk, including travelling to communities and co-facilitating the Star in Your Own Stories youth video workshops around HIV/STIs. She is co-director on the upcoming short film “Circle of Life, Circle of Love” for the Canim Lake band, and is taking a lead creative role in the our project "Drawing Wisdom From The Well" - a creative research project exploring what wellness means for rural First Nations communities.
Having earned a BA in Creative Writing and an MEd in Curriculum and Instruction and Counseling Psychology from UBC, Jada has recently completed her Canada-wide professional counseling certifications to get an Accredited Diploma of Professional Counseling. Much of the knowledge that Jada draws upon is respectfully carried forward from the generous traditional teachings of Elders, Community members, and valued mentors.
Alongside her consulting practice she works as a certified program Instructor for the Indigenous Certification Board of Canada - accredited CHAD (Chemical Addictions Program) at NVIT (Nicola Valley Institute of Technology).
A single mother to a fantastic twelve-year-old daughter, a proud community member, an advocate for youth and Indigenous people, Jada is also an emerging mixed media artist who leads restorative art retreats.