ALCHEMIST OF ANCESTRAL SERVICES
"Hi, I'm Mo. I am a Việt/Người Kinh second-generation immigrant who was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. I most often contribute to contracts and services that centre oceans and marine biology, climate justice, LGBTQ2S+ and gender minority inclusion, and anti-racism."
HERE'S A QUICK OVERVIEW OF THEIR PROFILE.
They / She
Kjipuktuk (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
Oceans, LGBTQ2S+ and Gender Inclusion, Climate Justice, Sustainability, Research, Speaking, Visuals
Community Specialist at Ocean Bridge at Ocean Wise, Co-Founder and Director at Oceans Week HFX, Coordinator at Circularity Forum
A SHORT BIOGRAPHY
SOME REASONS WHY THEY'RE ON OUR TEAM.
"Mo Phùng (she/they) is a Việt/Người Kinh second-generation immigrant who was born in Yarmouth, Nova Scotia. They are a community advocate, mobilizer, ocean activist, artist, and photographer based in Kjipuktuk (Halifax).
Mo is the Co-founder of Oceans Week HFX (OWHFX), a youth-led initiative that supports the growing ocean community through relationship building, youth engagement and connecting community members with local businesses and organizations. OWHFX has experience working with the Nova Scotia ocean sector and non-profits who work in ocean conservation and education. Mo’s approach is to engage the ocean sector to recreate their climate justice policies and ideas and to include and prioritize racialized voices, relationships and connections.
Mo graduated from Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Marine Biology and from Nova Scotia Community College with an Advanced Diploma in Oceans Technology. During this time they travelled to Mozambique to complete an internship in Underwater Photography. Their personal and creative work processes extend into documentary portraiture, visual art, underwater realms and dreamscapes. They are currently working on projects connecting her practices with the complexities of gender identities and existences within the Asian diaspora.
Mo’s experiences and work continues to center QTBIPOC activism, Ocean Conservation, Climate Justice, Anti-Racism, Environmental Racism."
BEYOND THE BIOGRAPHY Q+A.
Why do you do what you do?
I am a visual artist, educator and a community activist who works in ocean conservation, guiding youth-led programming and initiatives. My focus is to prioritize and uplift the voices and work of the IBPOC and 2SLGBTQ+ community who are building foundations through transformative justice and care. Whether the service I am offering is through speaking on a panel or through a documentary photography project, I am committed to the rebirth of stories from our past, and making sense of this uncertain future together. Through the intentional and genuine conversation and connection made through my work, I hope to inspire others to look deep within themselves, ask the hard questions and to see the light and possibilities that can be created in a liberated and new world.
How does your lived experience and identity contribute to your qualification as a service deliverer?
My identity and lived experiences are a sum of many layers and textures. The combination of growing up in a small rural town on Mi’kma’ki, where my parents immigrated after being displaced from their land and home, and being a gender-queer person of colour - my body and my mind are undeniably interwoven in their deepest truths. As a young person who has worked at a community, non-profit, and industry level, I recognize the privileges and opportunities that I have had throughout my career and work processes.
What does it mean to you to act as a future ancestor?
Being a future ancestor means that I have a responsibility in acknowledging my presence and role on this land. Where I live and work, Mi’kma’ki, is where my family arrived as guests after being displaced from their own Indigenous lands. There are many layers of cultural and historical perspectives embedded into my life and as a future ancestor, it’s my role to understand the advantages I hold, in order to pass on that knowledge and those skills to the generation after mine.
It’s so important to have people in your life who will listen to your stories and provide those spaces for sharing. I want to support and mentor young folks who are in the midst of learning and unravelling their familial histories, who their ancestors were and how they can approach these emotional and complicated situations.
THEIR WORK STATUS WILL GIVE YOU A GENERAL IDEA OF THEIR AVAILABILITY AND CAPACITY.
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