Through his dedication, leadership and, ambition, I know my brother Keenan McCarthy is
an outstanding Métis youth role model. Keenan actively participates in Métis organizations
across the greater Vancouver area. He was a member of the North Fraser Métis board of
directors, and is now the acting President of the Nova Métis association. He has worked closely
with the City of Surrey and their Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee as a Co-
Chair. Keenan does all of this while still attending Simon Fraser University, for a Degree in
Political Science, he one day aspires to enter into politics to make a further difference in his
community and hopefully the country.
Keenan began volunteering with Métis associations years ago, aiding in hosting events, and
various activities for the community. Keenan began his volunteering with the Nova Métis, and
through networking expanded to working with the North Fraser Métis Association. A recent
notable event Keenan helped orchestrate was the Métis family day, at Warner Loat Park in
Burnaby. I was in attendance and I was able to see my brothers hard work come to fruition. The
day featured many fun and interesting activities, including traditional dancing and art.
Through this volunteer work with the Surrey Urban Indigenous Leadership Committee of Surrey, Keenan aided in building a partnership with Simon Fraser University, that supports the urban indigenous community. Simon Fraser University is now increasing programs and services for Surrey’s Urban Indigenous Community. With this work Keenan was also afforded the
opportunity to travel to Gatineau to give a presentation to Indigenous Services Canada and other indigenous organizations on behalf of the Surrey Urban Indigenous Community.