Season Three has just launched!
Tansi! Well wishes to you and yours.
Sekwanahcahk is an Indigenous Youth from Northern Alberta. Woodland Cree from Wabasca and Metis from Gift Lake, Sekwan has an intense love, passion, and joy for working, being in relationship with, and playing on the Land. With a natural progression in storytelling, Sekwan loves creating easy to understand and easy to communicate materials that talk about the climate crisis, Indigenous rights, and food sovereignty goals being reached with Mycelium. Currently, they are a Community Climate Justice Coordinator who is working towards a future that has everyone in mind. Sekwan hopes to promote Indigenous-led traditional knowledge being upheld in the scientific world and on the world stage.
Lili (she/her) works at VIDEA as the Manager of Indigenous youth engagement and reconciliation where she is privileged to facilitate and collaborate on a number of VIDEA programs, including the Cwelelep – Journeys From the Heart program, the International Indigenous Youth internships, and the Silenced and Stolen, Human Trafficking Awareness Project. Born and raised on Treaty 6 Territory in Amiskwacîwâskahikan or Edmonton, Alberta, she is a proud member of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Lili is passionate about addressing issues connected to gender inequality, climate justice, colonial violence, and the intersections between them all.
Katie May Anawak-Dunford
Katie May Anawak-Dunford was born and raised in Iqaluit, Nunavut. They are an Inuk artist and a proud big sister. She tries to approach life from a 'two-eyed'seeing perspective.
Paige Kimiksana Kreps
"Paige Kimiksana Kreps (she/they) is Inuvialuk from Tuktoyaktuk / Inuvik and Dutch-American. She grew up near Toronto and now works, volunteers, and spends most of her free time with the Toronto Inuit and Indigenous community. She currently works as the Toronto Regional Operations Manager with Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and volunteers in various capacities as a board member with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, a youth-led community garden, and more. You can catch Paige on her bike, learning to sew with sealskin, grabbing an oat milk iced latte or bubble tea with her friends, filming silly tiktoks, or swimming in the lake."
"Paige Kimiksana Kreps (she/they) is Inuvialuk from Tuktoyaktuk / Inuvik and Dutch-American. She grew up near Toronto and now works, volunteers, and spends most of her free time with the Toronto Inuit and Indigenous community. She currentlyMarlo (she/they) is an Indigenous youth, facilitator, organizer and social justice educator from N'Swakamok in Robinson Huron treaty territory. They also have roots in Kahnawake and Wikwemikong Unceded, where they currently live. Marlo is passionate about community building and contributing to the collective healing of community. In the past few years, she has come to realize that relationships are central to their life, and that among all the things that sustain them (work, hobbies etc.), kin connections are the most important to them. Marlo currently works for an Ontario-wide funding body as a grant reviewer, with a focus on grant making for Black and Indigenous communities. works as the Toronto Regional Operations Manager with Tungasuvvingat Inuit, and volunteers in various capacities as a board member with Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada, a youth-led community garden, and more. You can catch Paige on her bike, learning to sew with sealskin, grabbing an oat milk iced latte or bubble tea with her friends, filming silly tiktoks, or swimming in the lake."
Peter (he/they) is an organizer and activist who loves creating space for queer and Indigenous youth. Living in Lekwungen territory, they are from W̱SÁNEĆ and Sola, Norway with ancestry and family ties to Samish and Nez Perce. Peter is often working on several projects like creating programs or hosting events and workshops with community organizations, or artsy and geeky hobbies.
Ji (She/her) was born and raised in Korea. She studied Psychology and Human Development and Family Studies at the Duksung Women’s University and now is working as an Early Childhood Educator. She is interested in creating more diverse and inclusive learning environment for children, families, and the educators.
Ahra (she/her) was born and raised in South Korea. She had lived in the Philippines, Australia and now is settling in Canada. She works with young children as an Early Childhood Educator. Ahra is interested in social issues especially related young children and tries to figure out how she can participate/help and what she can do for the community.
Lucero moved to Vancouver from Mexico City in 2015 to study Biological Sciences, Conservation, and Evolution at SFU. Lucero is passionate about climate change, as well as social and environmental justice. She is currently finding her way back to her roots and indigenous ancestry, including learning her family’s traditional language “Hñahñu” of the Hñahñu or Otomi nation from the Mezquital Valley in Mexico. She currently holds a position as the Biodiversity Campaigner for Georgia Strait Alliance, a local non-profit environmental organization. She hopes to combine her love for conservation biology and social justice to create a positive change in communities that are often overlooked by the western environmental movement. Lucero lives as an uninvited guest in the unceded territories of the q̓ ic̓ əy̓ (Katzie) and qʼʷa:n̓ ƛʼən̓ (Kwantlen) people.
Michael Songiso is a storyteller, poet, lover of nature, and student at the University of Zambia, currently based in Lusaka, Zambia.
He is working as VIDEA’s Climate Justice and Antiracism Advisor, Michael brings in a global perspective on climate justice, and is very passionate about decolonizing international development, social justice, and gender equality. If he is not working, he is jogging, writing something, or exploring nature.
India Miro Logan-Riley (they/them)
India Miro Logan-Riley (they/them) was raised in the Heretaunga Plains, a bountiful place circled by mountains and the rising Pacific Ocean, and the homelands of Ngāti Kahungunu, Rongomaiwahine, and Rangitāne.
India is the climate justice organiser at ActionStation, a multi-issue campaigning organisation in Aotearoa (New Zealand). They also work as a community researcher for Generation Kāinga, a project uplifting the aspirations that young Māori have for diverse housing that takes into account culture, resilience and climate change.
They bring a background in heritage spaces and lived experience of climate injustice, drawing on a broad range of experiences from UN climate negotiations to grassoots work on #landback campaigns with young Māori and Pasifika. India dreams of resilient communities where everyone is safe and joyful.
Charitie Ropati (Yup’ik & Samoan)
We’re heading back up north to meet our neighbours in Alaska! Meet our new friend Charitie (listen to hear more about our meet-cute moment). Charitie encourages young people to connect and be proud of their culture and has worked hard to pass policy to allow students to wear their regalia at graduations - such a beautiful act of resistance!
Russian exploration in the 1700s introduced colonization using colonial tactics including enslaving Indigenous women. The United States ‘purchased’ Alaska from Russia in 1867 and later in 1885 the US Agent for Education in Alaska divided the territory based on the various religious groups in the region through the Alaska Community Plan. This policy determined which religious order was responsible for establishing schools and assimilating local nations in each specific area and continues to impact communities to this day.
Indigenous women in Alaska have been at the forefront of resisting colonization and fighting for civil rights. Elizabeth Peratrovich, a Tlingit woman, was instrumental in passing the Anti-Discrimination Act in 1945 to end legal discrimination against Alaska Natives. This was two decades before the civil rights act championed by Martin Luther King - how cool is that?!
So many Indigenous youth around the world are doing incredible and inspiring community work! We are so proud of ourselves and all of you! But also, what would we be doing if we did reach liberation? Spend some time today thinking about what this could look like. Use your imagination and dream big!
Nivi Rosing is a 20 year old Inuk from Nuuk Greenland. Nivi is currently studying Inuit Studies in Ottawa Canada which she will finish in may of 2023.
Nivi is co-chair of The Arctic youth Network and she is very passionate about cross-border knowledge sharing in the Pan-Arctic and she has now spent 3 years in Canada exploring the similarities between colonialism in Canada and Greenland.
Nivi advocates for implementing Indigenous knowledge within climate action and wildlife management.
Alongside these roles, Nivi is a fellow of the Arctic Resilient communities youth fellowship