Damara carries the Ancestral names Cha7awtenaat iy Siyamiya. She is proud of her Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and African American ancestry. She was born and raised in the villages of Xwemelch’stn and Esla7han (Capilano and Mission Indian Reserves) located in Vancouver, British Columbia. Damara grew up surrounded by educators and artists, an aspect of her identity that lead her to choose a career in creative fields. She received a B.A. in Communications and a M.A. with honors in Art and Visual Culture Education. Her academic background reflects her two passions: people and art. Damara is passionate and dedicated to community-building, cross-cultural dialogue and civic engagement. She is honored to be a part of the Potlatch Fund where she currently serves as the Development and Communications Manager.