Khelsilem is a Sḵwx̱wú7mesh-Kwakwa̱ka’wa̱kw community leader from the Squamish Nation where he holds the title of spokesperson and councillor.
Khelsilem is also a board director with numerous non-profits based in Vancouver, British Columbia.
He has spent the past three years influencing policy change within his First Nation, and broadly, policy change ad a Regional, Provincial, and National level. He’s written columns for the Tyee, Vancouver Sun, and National Observer. He is frequently a commentator in the media on major policy issues from an Indigenous perspective. He also speaks at conferences, seminars, and classes on policy, housing, climate, and justice.
Khelsilem is known for speaking on the housing developments that Squamish Nation is a partner including the famous development at Sen̓áḵw on False Creek. That development is planned to provide six thousand 100% energy-efficient purpose-built rental homes for the City of Vancouver on lands exclusively in the jurisdiction of the Squamish Nation.
Khelsilem is an influential voice as a young West Coast leader with a passion for progressive policy change. He is also a continual supporter of queers arts events & organizations.
Khelsilem lives in Vancouver, British Columbia, with his dog.