Youth Reconciliation Leaders of Edmonton

img_7475Albert Favel

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.







14555697_173619639750654_1755487624_nBrittany Whitford

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.

img_7484Sahar Ibrahim

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!



img_7480Mathew Buck

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!