Kweykway -
Building Stronger, More Connected First Nations Communities

Denise is a bi-cultural woman and a seasoned and dynamic professional with a passion for supporting people to fulfill their potential. Denise has worked in over 120 First Nations communities and organizations throughout Canada, including her own community The Squamish Nation. Although most well known for her pioneering work in the area of Lateral Violence, Denise’s focus is on facilitating personal and community empowerment, development and wellness. Denise specializes in Contemplative Education, Developmental Attachment Theory, Process Psychology, and Empowerment Training all through a Trauma Informed lens. Denise represents a parent voice on two Vancouver Coastal Health advisory committees intended to increase family involvement in responding to child and youth mental health.

Watch a Full Workshop called “Rooting Lateral Kindness In Community” conducted at UBC for UBC Learning Circle.

Denise has extensive experience working with….

  • Adults responsible for children…providing Coaching, Consulting, Presentations and Training Courses to parents, educators, childcare providers and other helping professionals.
  • Indigenous Groups and Organizations including First Nations Health, Child and Family Services, Leadership, and Community providing…Facilitation, Lateral Violence Training,  and Program Development.
  • Corporate Leaders and Teams…providing Team Building, Personal Development and Empowerment Training, Professional Coaching, and Cultural Competency Workshops
  • Educators…providing Professional Development Training, Contemplative Education Workshops, and Sessions on Indigenous Ways of Knowing.
denise findlay

“Owning our story can be hard but not nearly as difficult as spending our lives running from it. Embracing our vulnerabilities is risky but not nearly as dangerous as giving up on love and belonging and joy—the experiences that make us the most vulnerable. Only when we are brave enough to explore the darkness will we discover the infinite power of our light.”

Brené Brown


It is a honour working with Denise. The The UBC Learning circle is better for her contributions. The knowledge she shares, and her generous intuitive spirit, has helped me personally, and supported individuals and communities in ways that move us forward.

Leah WalkerAssociate Director - Centre for Excellence In Indigenous Health, UBC

Denise is one of the most perceptive facilitators I have ever worked with. She has a clear balance of heart and mind, and I have seen her make a profound difference for the people she works with.

Aaron Nelson-MoodyCoast Salish Artist - Instructor Langara Reconciliation Carving Program

As a nurse educator I am always searching for insight and enhancement of relationships and ways of being with clients and self and others. Denise has a unique gift and passion for exploring self and communication as it relates to everything around us. I use her teachings daily and always look forward to more of her dynamic workshops and ‎wisdom!, thank you Denise!

Shawna BuchholzClinical Nurse Educator - First Nations Health Authority


Professional Development, Training, and Presentations
Leaders and Teams
Training and Coaching
Indigenous Groups and Organizations
Consulting and Training
Adults Responsible for Children
Consulting, Courses, and Presentations