About Brian Nadjiwon

In the early 1960s, Brian was born to a mother who was grappling with the trauma of residential school and the erosion of Indigenous culture through hundreds of years of colonialism. Like tens of thousands of Indigenous children, Brian and his twin brother were scooped up into the foster system – separated from each other and their culture by the time they were 5 years old. Government care was not up to the task of raising this bright, curious, and mischievous boy: Brian ended up incarcerated for petty crimes in various institutions for the better part of 10 years by the time he was 23 years old. Despite his challenging youth, Brian cultivated his intense passion for learning, particularly for math, science and technology. Without a university degree, Brian landed a job in IT with the federal government in Ottawa, then moved out west and secured a job with Microsoft. A decade ago, Brian moved in with a close friend on a farm in Delta.

The last 10 years of Brian’s life were his most serene. Brian dedicated himself to his friends and family, in particular to his son Ryan, who is non-verbal and has Autism. Brian gave up substance use and cultivated a fulfilling life on the farm, and decided to take his passion for learning mainstream by enrolling in Computer Science at KPU.  He mobilized his skills in computers to develop his keen interest in geologic processes in the Pacific Northwest, writing elaborate programs to scrape data from various government websites on earthquake events and geologic processes, plotting them in time and space, and developing theories to explain the patterns that he uncovered. When Brian passed away in August of 2020, he was working with faculty at KPU to position himself to develop his passion for geoscience in graduate school.