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Nyki Kish

UBC

Nyki is an artist, academic, and advocate. Nyki’s commitment to non-violence led to her focus on understanding systemic and institutional violence, especially in relation to marginalized populations and carceral practices.  Scheduled to graduate from UFV with a BA, Sociology, Social Research Concentration in Spring, 2022, specialization in institutional ethnography, and research with remote and marginalized populations. She hopes to begin her MA in Fall, 2022. Nyki holds multiple publications, spanning two chapters in Fernwood texts, Topia: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies, and Maclean's Magazine. Nyki established Books to Bars, an Ontario based books to prisoners  non-profit program that has provided literature to Ontario jails and prisons since 2008. She achieved national systemic change for incarcerated LGBTQ2SIA+ individuals. Nyki presently works from a tiny office on-site at Emma’s Acres, a transformative justice social enterprise sustainable farm, where she is employed by The L.I.N.C. Society as Programs Manager. She also works for Walls to Bridges as BC Program Coordinator. Her primary roles include program development, coordination, evaluation, public speaking, consultancy, and grant writing. Nyki believes in community-led, collaborative engagement.