When Laura walks, she treads lightly on the unceded land of the Qayqayt. Her hometown is New Westminster and she often reflects that it has been a connecting place for thousands of years. She finds as much time as possible to feel for and listen to that connection. It has been best felt when organizing in her own community around sense of place and isolation, language preservation, heritage reform, and indigenous solidarity. That same feeling and listening has fuelled her organizing work in the disability sector at Kudoz and her studies in Anthropology. She’s learned to inform system design and community connections. Most of all she has learned that a great partnership is what makes a project real and possible. People power.
She took this understanding forward and created her own non-profit, Populous Map. The goal being to make historical research accessible while maintaining autonomy and privacy in the stories people share. She sees reciprocity as a necessary outcome of good anthropological work and brings these themes and learnings into her role at Organize BC.