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Lisa Kenoras is a former student, activist, beginner Mauythai kickboxer, and a inter-generational survivor; who is from the Secwepemc’ulecw. (People of the spread-out lands).


She grew up on Splatsin traditional territory in Enderby B.C, self-identified as a Secwepemc woman. She moved to Victoria to learn her Wsance traditional ways of knowing and being, now as a mature student attending the University of Victoria.

Her relationship to self identifying is through the Secwepmc’ulecw and her continued engagement with family, community, and her relation to land resurgence. She finds strength in reclaiming self determination through revitalizing her culture and language. Her responsibilities are dedicated to grassroots and land-defence actions, along with her continued education in Indigenous Studies and Political Science.


The inspiration for Matriarch Resistance came from the need to create safe spaces for Indigenous women in urban and rural communities, while bringing awareness to violence against women and MMIWG2S. We will empower Indigenous women through sisterhood, self awareness and physical movement.