Our Board of Directors

Board members help with increasing visibility, policy development, revenue and fund development and oversee the affairs of Canadian Roots Exchange’s activities. Given the size of CRE, the board plays an active role and works alongside staff ensuring that our mandate is fulfilled.  All members of the Board serve on a volunteer basis and without remuneration.

 
Alysha Li

Alysha Li

Director

Alysha joined Canadian Roots Exchange in 2013 and has since served as a staff member, a Youth Reconciliation Initiative leader, and a Board member. Alysha was born in China and immigrated to Vancouver with her family at the age of 8. As an immigrant to Canada, Alysha feels the duty to learn about the history of this country, its Indigenous peoples, and her role in reconciliation and decolonization. Alysha has a passion for developing youth leadership opportunities, advocating on education policy, and creating forums for dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth. Alysha holds a Honours Business Administration degree at the Ivey Business School, Western University and is currently a student at the Osgoode Hall Law School.

Dallas Fiddler

Dallas Fiddler

Director

Dallas Fiddler is nehiyaw from Waterhen Lake First Nation. He currently lives in Saskatoon where he is completing a political science degree at the University of Saskatchewan (U of S). Dallas has taken on a number of leadership roles including sitting as President of the Indigenous Students Council at the U of S, sitting on the board of directors for Canadian Roots Exchange, and contributing his perspectives on youth leadership and reconciliation through a range of conferences and gatherings across Canada. Dallas is interested in the ways in which current political, legal and education systems continue to perpetuate colonialism and the power of culture and ceremony as tools for navigating and challenging these systems.

Elizabeth Zarpa

Elizabeth Zarpa

Director

Elizabeth is from Happy Valley – Goose Bay, Labrador. She has an undergraduate degree in political science and international development studies from Dalhousie University, and most recently she graduated with a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Victoria. Throughout her legal education she worked within several different populations and provinces, and focused on environmental law, Indigenous legal orders, criminal law, human rights law, family law and Aboriginal law. While she understands the importance of education, she also realizes the relevance of volunteerism, and has volunteered with Canada World Youth, Native Friendship Centres across the country and many others. She enjoys doing work that connects to her values, and believes that bridging the ignorance gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous populations within Canada means education through experiential learning opportunities in the country’s North and South.

Justin Wiebe

Justin Wiebe

Board Co-Chair

Justin Wiebe is Michif (Métis) from Saskatoon in Treaty 6 and Métis Territory, and currently lives in Toronto in territories covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant. Justin is passionate about inclusive city-building that centers reconciliation, youth leadership, and building movements of solidarity across different communities. Justin currently works for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) as a Capacity Building Specialist. He is also a Board Co-Chair at Canadian Roots Exchange and a Director on the Governing Circle at The Circle on Philanthropy and Aboriginal Peoples in Canada. Justin holds a B.Ed. from the University of Saskatchewan and a M.Sc. from the University of British Columbia, and has experience working as an educator and urban planner across Canada.

Lindsay DuPré

Lindsay DuPré

Director

Lindsay DuPré is a Métis social worker and educator living in Toronto on Dish With One Spoon Treaty Territory. She was born and raised in Mississauga with family roots along the Red River, carrying Cree, Scottish, English, Irish and French ancestry. Lindsay’s passion focuses on strengthening the growing network of Indigenous youth fighting for social and environmental justice. She is particularly interested in how FNMI young people are reclaiming power over identity and wellness through collaborative resistance and healing. She has a Bachelor of Arts with Honours in Psychology from the University of Guelph and a Master of Social Work specializing in Social Justice & Diversity from the University of Toronto. Lindsay recently took on the role of Indigenous Education Liaison at the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education and holds several advisory positions including sitting on the Community Advisory Council for the Waakebiness-Bryce Institute for Indigenous Health, the Board of Directors for Canadian Roots Exchange and as a Youth Advisor for the Ontario Indigenous Youth Partnership Project. She is also currently co-editing a book titled “Research as Reconciliation?” with Dr. Shawn Wilson and Dr. Andrea Breen expected to be published in the Fall of 2018.

Selena Gignac

Selena Gignac

Board Co-Chair

Selena is a Community Outreach Director with YMCA Calgary on Treaty 7 territory. As an anglophone, Acadian woman living in Alberta, Selena’s relationship with colonialism is complex. She believes that reconciliation is rooted in both an understanding of self and in collective community experiences. These values are what drew her to Canadian Roots Exchange. This is critical and personal work as she strives within her own communities to decolonize what it means to be part of the Acadian diaspora. With almost 15 years in the non-profit sector, Selena has supported a large number of national and international workshops, collaborations, and open spaces that explore responsible ally-ship, grassroots leadership, and youth agency. She enjoys backyard retreats, video games, and spending time with her family.