Symbia Barnaby is a woman of Mi’kmaq/Haida decent. She is a single mother of six children (three of which have special needs), a storyteller and a Licensed Practical Nurse team lead at a complex care facility. She is an avid advocate for her children and has help others in her community to find their voices.

Symbia’s keynote presentation will show attendees the power and impact of grassroots leadership and how one woman is creating a ripple effect for change in her community.

Symbia Barnaby was one of the main organizers for the First Annual Autism Walk and the First Annual Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women’s Memorial Vigil in her community of Prince Rupert, B.C. She brings with her experiences from many different lenses; Indigenous woman, mother, daughter, sister, client, and service provider.