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.
Her practice spans many other mediums, such as graphic design, marketing, and writing.
She is the Managing Editor for SAD Mag, freelances in the events industry, and as a writer/photographer.
She is currently studying Journalism and Creative Writing full-time at Kwantlen Polytechnic University. She recently joined the Indigenous Student Council and occasionally writes for the student paper.
On the side, Kayla is training to become a Youth Wilderness Coordinator and Sailing Instructor. She has recently completed her 40-hour Wilderness First Aid Certification with Coast Wilderness Medical Training.
She loves nature, extreme sports, getting lost in bookstores, research, travel, and spending time with her loved ones.
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
She would like to acknowledge and thank the Kwantlen, Musqueam, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Tsawwassen, Qayqayt and Kwikwetlem peoples for allowing her to live, work and play on their lands.