Keilani Rose

Indigenous Artist and Founder & Executive Director, Two Rivers & a Rose Filmworks

Keilani Rose continues to inspire hearts everywhere on and off screen.  Her movements & connection to the land captivate everyone in her presence.  She is an award-winning filmmaker, actress, rising DJ, and classically/culturally trained dancer. Along her matrilineal lineage, she belongs to the Lheidli T’enneh Nation (The People Where the Two Rivers Flow Together), holding a connection to the ocean and islands as Kānaka Mamao (Native Hawai’ian diaspora). 

Rose also carries Chinese immigrant, British settler and Black ancestry. She is her grandmother’s granddaughter, the great-granddaughter of Captain Owen Forrester Browne and a direct descendent of Beloved Granny Seymour, The Matriarch of the North. She finds her way through storytelling and the sacred arts of music and dance as personal and inter-generational healing.

Keilani currently plays Miigwan on the CRAVE Television series ‘Shorsey’.   made her film debut starring in and choreographing Within the Silence, which garnered the Festival de Cannes (2021) awards for Best Fantasy and Best Choreography. Keilani is the founder and executive director of Two Rivers & a Rose Filmworks, her production company dedicated to amplifying messages of equity, justice and diversity. 

The definition of a survivor, she endured a childhood of poverty and assault, emerging from the turbulence as a voice for change. She is unstoppable, even in the face of gun violence. On July 4th, 2022, Rose was attacked and shot outside her apartment in Hollywood, CA. She took a bullet straight through the chest. Today, she continues to alchemize trauma. As the Lheidli T’enneh ambassador for the Indigenous Research program and the Northern Promise Partnership at UNBC, she is launching an international climate and Indigenous justice campaign, LHEIDLITOO (Two Rivers Water). Working in partnership with Autumn Peltier’s team, they are advocating for the protection and reclamation of our Sacred Waters. 

Rose is led by teachings of the converging rivers. Themes of duality and balance guide her community work that flows alongside her creativity.

Speaker Sessions

Envision 2080: Harmonizing Generations for a Sustainable Future

  • Restoring and Protecting Nature
  • Ensuring Water Security
  • Reaching Destination Net Zero
  • Intersectional Track
  • Building Resilient Communities
  • Justice, Equity, Diversity and Inclusion
  • Innovation, Technology and Deployment
  • Government Policy and Corporate Governance
  • Circular Practices and Business Models
  • Finance, Trade and Investment
  • Indigenous Leadership and Ways of Knowing
  • Labour, Skills Training and Capacity Building
Session Date
Thursday, Feb 15 2024 | 1:50 PM - 2:10 PM
Linda Coady President and CEO, BC Council of Forest Industries
Keilani Rose Indigenous Artist and Founder & Executive Director, Two Rivers & a Rose Filmworks