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About Us We Rise Up

About Us We Rise Up

Gilaskas’la (Welcome)

Our Founder

My name is Ivy Richardson (she/her), founder and Executive Director of Red Girl Rising Movement Society. I am Nuxalk and Gusgimukw through my matrilineal line and mixed European through my patrilineal line. Currently, I reside as a guest on the traditional territory of the Snuneymuxw First Nation. My diverse lived experiences, along with my background as an athlete and student, have shaped me into a dedicated community builder. My goal is to cultivate communities that are safe, empowered, and joyful, with movement as my primary tool.

Our Mission

Red Girl Rising is a non-profit organization focused on movement as medicine. We collaborate closely with communities to develop empowering and accessible movement programs, camps, and workshops. Additionally, we proudly operate Team 700, British Columbia’s first competitive Indigenous youth boxing team, and Wina (meaning warrior in Kwak’wala) Wellness, a dedicated safe space for Indigenous women and girls. Our mission is to provide safe, empowering, and accessible movement opportunities for individuals and communities, enabling them to unlock their inherent potential and thrive.

“The values I instilled in you and the way you conduct yourself every single day is culture.”

Our Origin Story

Red Girl Rising was born from a conversation with my mom about cultural upbringing. Her words, “The values I instilled in you and the way you conduct yourself every single day is culture,” prompted me to see culture as an iceberg, with much of its depth unseen. This realization led to the question of how to infuse everyday life with the deep teachings of ceremony. I found a profound connection between movement and ceremony, understanding movement as a fundamental part of my daily ceremonial practice. Living each day as a ceremony cultivates well-being within our culture, and in turn, culture nurtures our well-being in a deeply interconnected and reciprocal relationship.

Our Vision

For me, movement is a daily ceremony honoring my body, heart, mind, and spirit. It offers me an opportunity to honor Creator, my ancestors, family, community, and future generations. It strengthens me, enabling me to walk with integrity and goodness, expanding my capacity for love, joy, and countless blessings. Red Girl Rising represents the convergence of my two greatest passions: community and movement as medicine. It is a sacred space where we share teachings, engage in practice, and pursue living each day as a ceremony, showcasing the strength and excellence of our communities.

Our Impact

Since our inception in September 2019, we’ve touched the lives of over 3,000 individuals through more than 300 programs and workshops. Our participants report not only improved physical health but also enhanced mental clarity, spiritual strength, emotional stability, and a renewed sense of purpose. This reflects the deep, holistic impact of our work—rekindling the flame of cultural and personal identity.

Red Girl Rising is more than just a non-profit; it’s a movement dedicated to uplifting and empowering our communities through the power of movement and cultural connection. Join us on this journey to create lasting change and celebrate the strength and excellence of our people.

Join Us

Head to the contact page for bookings, questions, and/or comments. We look forward to hearing from you!

Book Ivy for Your Next Event

Looking for an inspiring and engaging speaker? Book Ivy Richardson, founder and Executive Director of Red Girl Rising Movement Society. Ivy brings a wealth of experience and passion to her talks, covering topics such as community building, the power of movement as medicine, and Indigenous resilience. With her unique perspective and compelling storytelling, Ivy captivates audiences and leaves them motivated to create positive change. Don’t miss the chance to have Ivy at your next event!

Contact us now to book Ivy Richardson and empower your audience with her transformative message!