Kayla MacInnis is a storyteller born in the prairies but raised by the sea. Through sharing stories that mix visual arts and the written word, Kayla hopes to inspire people to find different ways to connect with themselves and one another.
On Kayla's father's side, she is Metis through both grandparents, and on her mother's side, she is Polish/Ukrainian and Scottish. A big part of who she is can be traced back through her Indigenous and European roots. Her curiosity for language and culture is unwavering.
SAD Magazine's Issue No. 28: Future featured a selection of her body-positive film photography, and her poem, "a homecoming," was featured in Issue No.30: Death. Her work has also been featured in The New West Record, Room Magazine, and The Runner.
Kayla is currently studying Journalism and Creative Writing full-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She went from a .60 to 4.0 GPA after dropping out three times over ten years due to her ADHD. Kayla recently joined the Indigenous Student Council and occasionally writes for the student paper.
She is the Managing Editor for SAD Magazine, a Vancouver-based biannual magazine publishing contemporary and emerging artists & writers. SAD focuses on the inclusivity of voices and views.
Kayla is passionate about volunteering and tries to do shoreline cleanups or help out at soup kitchens often. She is currently a part of My Eco-Action, a one-year program aimed to establish and maintain meaningful relationships with other Indigenous Youth and have the opportunity to learn how to become supporters and advocates in Reconciliation through Métis cultural land-based perspectives. She volunteers with Sea Smart School, Plastic Oceans Canada, Indigenous Women Outdoors, Vancouver Pride Society, SAD Magazine, Growing Room Literary & Arts Festival and Capture Photography Festival.
Licenses & certifications
Wilderness/Remote Location First Aid - Coast Wilderness Medical Training - Expires May 2024
Marine First Aid - Alert First Aid Inc
Mental Health First Aid - Mental Health Commission of Canada
Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)
Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Safety (SDV-BS)
Restricted GMDSS Radio Operator - Canadian Power & Sail Squadrons
Pleasure Craft Operator Card (PCOC) - Transport Canada
CANSail 1 & 2 - Sail Canada
Emergency First Aid (Occupation First Aid Level 1 Equivalent) - Canadian Red Cross - Expires May 2024
Naloxone/Overdose Training - St. Paul's Foundation
Health & Safety Committee Representative - Canadian Centre for Occuptation Health & Safety
Principles of Health & Safety Management - BC Constructin Safety Alliance
BC Serving It Right
I would like to acknowledge and thank the qʼʷa:n̓ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen), q̓ic̓əy̓ (Katzie), SEMYOME (Semiahmoo), xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations for allowing me to live, work and wander on their lands.
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Kayla MacInnis 2021