Kristy Charlie is the Belfry’s new Indigenous Cultural Advisor

Date posted: July 3, 2018

The traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples (Victoria, British Columbia)…Ivan Habel, Executive Director, and Michael Shamata, Artistic Director, announced today that Kristy Charlie has accepted the new role of Indigenous Cultural Advisor at the Belfry Theatre.

Ms Charlie (Kristy) is from W̱SÁNEĆ territory on the Saanich Peninsula and the village of Tseycum First Nation and she comes to the Belfry from Camosun College, where she was an Indigenous Advisor and where she completed the Indigenous Business Leadership program.

Before her career change, Kristy enjoyed working within her community as a youth worker, and then spent four years at Bayside Middle School as their First Nations Education Assistant, where her primary work was one to one with students and where she also had a key role in building the cultural programs for all First Nations, Metis, and Inuit students.

Kristy’s role at the Belfry is threefold: She will provide basic and ongoing cultural competency training for the Belfry’s staff and Board, assist us in ensuring a supportive, safe and valuable space for participants of the Belfry’s Indigenous Learning Exchange program ( and other Indigenous guest artists, and work with staff to strengthen our existing relationships and exchanges with our local Indigenous Nations.

Kristy Charlie

“I know that the cultural exchange program will be a remarkable and historic event for my people, and to have the opportunity to work first hand with Michael, Ivan and their team at the Belfry is an absolute honour for me. I am very excited to get to know everyone here, and to share the love of my culture through the arts with a prestigious organization is a joyous and heartfelt experience for myself.”

Ivan Habel

“We are thrilled to be including Kristy Charlie as a permanent member of staff. We have been humbled by the generosity of the host nations of the Coast Salish peoples of the south island and look forward to building deeper relationships with our Indigenous hosts and Indigenous artists from across Canada.”

The Indigenous Exchange Program and Kristy Charlie’s role within it are funded in part by The Victoria Foundation.

The Belfry Theatre is located on the traditional lands of the Lekwungen peoples, also known as the Esquimalt and Songhees Nation. We extend our appreciation for the opportunity to live, create and perform on this territory.


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