Until recently Audrey Siegl (ancestral name sχɬemtəna:t) lived in East Van, where she was raised by a single father of East Indian and British heritage, and by her mother’s Musqueam family. In recent years she has moved back to the Musqueam Indian Reserve in a process of reconnecting with maternal and ancestral ties, where she has worked in the Musqueam Language and Culture Department to revitalize hən̓q̓əmin̓əm̓ language.
She currently lives and works on the reserve, located south of Marine Drive near the mouth of the Fraser River, where she gives tours of the cultural pavilion and gallery, as well as the Chinese market gardens. The reserve is a beautiful but very small portion of traditional Musqueam territory. In recent years Audrey has been an active in the Idle No More movement. She was also involved in organizing the protection of c̓əsnaʔəm (Marpole Midden) in 2012, and most recently the homeless Tent City in Oppenheimer Park.
Audrey is running with COPE on a platform of Indigenous sovereignty, housing justice, and an end to violence against women, especially First Nation women. She uses her voice to draw attention to growing inequalities in Vancouver, which she sees as having roots in the system of colonialism, a system that creates dispossession from the land and which values the lives of certain people and communities at the expense of others. Audrey wants to work to radically change Vancouver as we know it and to build a city where basic needs and humanity come before corporate profit and corporate politics.