Tansi, My name is Albert Favel Aka Faves, I am part of the Edmonton group. Im a Public Speaker/ Youth Ambassador around the Edmonton area. I got involved with CRE to be more involved with my community than I was. I thought it would be a great opportunity to organise events & bring in a fresh mindset that youth can relate to and understand. With a lot of my knowledge coming from the Street I bring in a different perspective. I thought it was a great way for me to grow and expand on my skills and create change while doing it.
Tansi nitisiyihkâson Brittany Whitford, niya mamihtisowin nokosistamakew kihci-otenaw awa askiwin sapo CRE, (Canadian Roots Exchange) Youth Reconciliation Initiative
Hello my name is Brittany Whitford, I am proud to represent my people and my city this year through CRE’S (Canadian Roots Exchange) Youth Reconciliation Initiative. It’s an honor to have been selected as a youth reconciliation leader for 2016-2017.
I am currently studying Social Work with an end goal of receiving my BSW. As an Indigenous woman within a larger urban setting I can relate to the challenges and difficulties faced when the prevalence of racism and discrimination can often hinder one’s good intentions; therefore to be apart of an initiative that is going to create awareness around intergenerational dialogue while promoting reconciliation i hope in turn will create a common understanding among mainstream society while building on current relationships so we may walk in solidarity with one another for the futures of our next generations.
Salaam, Bonjour, and Hello! My name is Sahar, I’m a first generation Muslim Canadian. My parents are from Tanzania in East Africa, and my ancestry is South Asian (pre-partition). I grew up in Treaty Seven territory, in the city of Calgary and now live in Treaty Six territory in Edmonton. I have a background in public health, specifically in areas of mental wellness and social trauma. I am incredibly honoured to be able to work with this amazing CRE community. For me, this work enables me to untangle and become more conscious of my identity as a first generation Canadian and also as a settler on Turtle Island. This opportunity also creates a space through which we can all come gather in solidarity around the impacts of colonialism in our family and community stories. I am most excited to embark on a journey of unlearning and undoing. There is so much power in community and I can’t wait to engage with it!
Hello, My name is Mathew Buck. I am a Two-Spirited aboriginal from Edmonton, AB. I am happy to be working with the Canadian Roots Exchange (CRE) because I feel the work they do aligns perfectly with my values and discussions I want to be having around reconciliation. I am also excited to collaborate with the other three YRI leaders to bring a creative take to our workshops for the youth in our communities. I hope that our workshops can ignite a dialogue on a larger scale about reconciliation in the Edmonton Area. I look forward to the next eight months!