Kim Senklip Harvey is a proud member of the Syilx, and Tsilhqot'in Nations with Ancestral ties to the Dakelh, Secwepemc and Ktunaxa communities. She is a Storyteller, Indigenous Theorist and Cultural Evolutionist who uses a variety of modalities including playwrighting, tv writing, blog and podcasting to work towards the equitable treatment of her peoples.
Kim completed the BFA program at UBC, has her Masters in Creative Writing from the University of Victoria and started her PhD in Law in the fall of 2021.
Her areas of research are Interior Salish Plateau cultural guardianship and Indigenous artistic legal orders with relational and land-based methodologies. Indigenous creation works dismantling and troubling colonial systems and artistic epistemologies confronting imperialism. Especially those activating and nourishing Indigenous power by centering joy, Indigenous love and sovereign creative processes. Kim has particular focus on Indigenous Matriarchal led systems and frameworks in service to community that engage and amplify the emancipatory journeys of those enduring state oppression and violence. Kim continues to work on innovating new methodologies for engaging and creating Indigenous stories that honours the multi-dimensionality of having our ancestors tell stories with us. She is the innovator for the Fire Creation Methodology with the Fire Company and Salish Plateau Earthing.
Kim has worked inter-Nationally as a performer. Highlights include, the Canadian National tour of Where the Blood Mixes and the world premiere of Children of God at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa. In 2017, Kim was shortlisted for the Gina Wilkinson prize for her work as a director and participated in the Banff Residency, Writing in a Racialized Canada which brought together Canada's most exciting emerging writers. In 2017, Kim was appointed as one of 2 artists to take part in the National Theatre Schools inaugural Artistic Leadership Program and in 2018 participated in the Rumble Directors Lab as well as the Banff Playwrights Lab.
In 2018, Kim had a 3 city world premiere of her play Kamloopa: An Indigenous Matriarch Story, which focuses on 3 Indigenous women's understanding of Indigeneity and the journey of reclaiming Indigenous matriarchal power. Under her direction Kamloopa was nominated for 8 Jessie Richardson awards and the production won the 2019 Jessie Richardson award for Significant Artistic Achievement for Decolonizing Theatre Practices and Spaces. Kamloopa was also the first Indigenous play in the awards history to win Best Production and was the 2019 recipient of the Sydney J Risk prize for most outstanding emerging playwright. Kamloopa was published by Talonbooks in the Fall of 2019 and was nominated for a Governor Generals award in the spring of 2021.
In the spring of 2018 Kim created a new approach to working with colonial theatre institutions and constructed a Treaty to ignite the work of her next story, Break Horizons. This play follows 5 Indigenous women and is set in a woman's Healing Lodge, which are correctional facilities for Indigenous peoples. Break Horizons addresses the urgent need for colonial judicial reform by honouring the indestructible power that is Indigenous love. In the Fall of 2021 Break Horizons: A Concert Documentary, a 75 min film featuring 9 originals songs and exclusive interviews with the creative team had its world premiere.
Kim is currently working on the development of two television series, her Salish love story, On the Plateau, and the adaptation of her play, Kamloopa entitled, All Our Relations. She is completing her first prose and poetry book, Interiors: A Collection of NDN Dirtbag Love Stories and is also developing her first feature film which is an adaptation of her Indigenous justice story, Break Horizons.
Kim is extremely invested in community and youth engagement and has worked on the Mayor’s Task Force for Mental Health and Addiction, the City of Vancouver's Urban Aboriginal Peoples Advisory Committee, and as the Youth Program Manager at The Cultch she created and spearheaded the Indigenous Youth Initiative which focused on increasing urban Indigenous young people's artistic opportunities in Metro Vancouver.
Kim works with many institutions as a guest speaker, guest lecture and keynote. She's worked with Thompson Rivers University, Douglas College, Langara College, Kwantlen Polytechnic University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Southern California and enjoys visiting schools and creating and nourishing knowledge sharing relationships.
Kim is an advocate for individuals equity and works towards having the voices of the historically oppressed and disenfranchised heard, her passion for storytelling lives within its transformational nature and she believes that storytelling is the most powerful modality to provide every community member the opportunity to live peacefully. All her work is created out of respect for her Ancestors and for the future generations—to whom we owe so much.