Kelsey is a Master of Arts student in the Interdisciplinary Studies program at UNBC. She was born and raised in Smithers, in beautiful unceded Witsuwit’en territory, and is grateful to call the north home. Kelsey graduated with her Bachelor of Arts and Sciences from Quest University in 2018, where she took a transdisciplinary approach to understanding the role of self-determination within ecology and land management, education and pedagogical practices, and health care. She has since worked in the fields of community-based health and perinatal care as a front-line violence prevention worker and a full-spectrum doula.
Through her work as a doula in rural and northern communities, Kelsey witnesses the challenges many birthing folks experience seeking out perinatal care that meets their needs. Kelsey is using her time at UNBC to explore the factors that contribute to unequal access to safe, supportive, and respectful perinatal care across the north, and to support innovative solutions to improving birthing folks’ experiences in rural, remote, and Indigenous geographies.
Kelsey is thrilled to be joining the HARC team, and is enjoying collaborating on creative, anti-colonial, feminist, and art-based approaches to enhancing health in northern communities. Other interests of Kelsey’s include building community over a shared meal and smashing the patriarchy in outdoor sports.