Kwe’ ! Ni’n teluisi Annie aq tlewayi Potlotek.
Hi all! My name is Annie Doucette, I am from Potlotek First Nation and I am part of the YRI team for Halifax! I joined this team because one of my biggest passions is to work with young people and to create a safe space for them to gather and discuss issues that are relevant to them. I think making youth feel comfortable in a space is critical since it allows them to be more open, to express their own thoughts and opinions, and to have more meaningful conversations in general. We hope to bring together people of all different backgrounds to have discussions not only about what reconciliation is and what it means to them, but also what steps we can take, as a whole, towards rebuilding the relationships that have been broken in the past.
Kwe’! My name is Mercedes Peters. I’m an L’nu (Mi’kmaq) lady currently doing my Master’s in history at Dalhousie University, and a member of the Halifax YRI Team! I became a part of the CRE Youth Reconciliation Initiative because it gives people the chance to take the concept of reconciliation and put it into action in tangible ways in their home communities. Reconciliation is important to me, not only as an Indigenous woman, or even as a historian, but as a youth, a member of a generation yearning to change the world for the better. The more we learn, the more we can do. The Youth Reconciliation Initiative has given me the opportunity to be an active player in this movement. I’m so honoured to be a part of this group of amazing youth, and I can’t wait for everyone to see what we have planned! Hope to see you soon!
My name is Zoé, and I was born on Haudenosaunee land in Montréal, Québec and grew up in Ottawa, Ontario. I currently live on unceded Mi’kmaw territory in Halifax, Nova Scotia where I am a recent Dalhousie University Health Promotion graduate. Through my studies, I developed a particular interest in health issues pertaining to marginalized communities and I aim to incorporate a social justice lens to my work in the health field. My passion for travel and learning about different cultural realities has brought me to realize the importance of understanding the land on which I live. I am so excited to be a returning member of the Halifax YRI team, and I look forward to playing my part in strengthening the dialogue between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth from across Turtle Island.