Aslam Bulbulia

community builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Aslam Bulbulia

community builder in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

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I am a new settler on xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and səl̓ilwətaɁɬ / sel̓íl̓witulh (Tsleil-Waututh) land from South Africa, with Indian heritage. I have a background in Political Science and Philosophy and during my postgraduate studies, I explored the planning of cities, Islamic law and spirituality, user-centred design and decoloniality.

My wide variety of projects and experiences include a Mosque tour of Johannesburg, travelling and teaching English around the world, performing stand-up comedy, co-producing a Palestinian-solidarity album, working for a large multi-national corporation and various research positions within different spheres of government.

In 2015 I founded AwethuArt, a community building platform that nurtures young artists. In 2016 I was an ASRI Future Leaders Fellow and co-founded Muslim Urbanists Joburg.

Over the last year, I was a part of CityHive's Civic Engagement 30 Network and worked on engagements for the City of Vancouver's Creative City Strategy.

I have a Certificate in Dialogue and Civic Engagement from SFU where I now serve as an advisor. I lead Community Engagement Initiatives at the SFU's Centre for Comparative Muslim Studies, co-host the RADIUS Fellowship and serve on the faculty of Inner Activist.

I'm currently exploring how equity and inclusion show up in public engagement work, and the inner skills required for power to shift.

Get in touch with me to chat over a cup of chai or coffee, collaborate on a project or have a breakdancing session.

  • Education
    • University of the Witwatersrand