Youth Reconciliation Leaders of Kamloops

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Nikki Fraser

Nikki Fraser

Nikki Fraser is 27 years old from Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc, which is apart of the Secwépemc Nation located in the Interior of British Columbia, Canada. Nikki is a proud mom of two, son Trey, 7 yrs old and daughter Aiyana, 5 yrs old.

2015 Nikki was elected as the BC Native Women’s Association Youth Representative, and was the successful candidate in 2016 and became the Nation Youth Representative for the Native Women’s Association of Canada. For over 2 years Nikki used her platform to advocate for young Indigenous Women and Girls, by participating in many meetings, conferences, and gatherings, in many communities across Canada, United States of America and Central America. 2016 she was one of the only 10 Canadians to interview Prime Minister Justin Trudeau in CBC special Face to Face, in this interview Nikki asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau how he was going to help end the continuous violence happening to Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. 2016 Nikki was nominated in the United Nations Youth Envoys world wide nominations call out for “Young Leaders for the Sustainable Development Goals”. With over 18,000 nominations Nikki was one of seventeen to be selected as the UN Young Leaders for Sustainable Development Goals, for the work she has been doing with indigenous Communities. 2018 Nikki was invited to attended and speak at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in London. Nikki spoke on the Equality and Inclusion panel at the Commonwealth Youth forum.

Throughout Nikki’s volunteer work, she has been acknowledged and recognized by being one of GreenBiz 2017 30 under 30 list, 2017 CBC “Young Indigenous Women on the rise”, and most recently 2018 Government of Canada top 10 Indigenous Influencers. Currently Nikki is now traveling the world inspiring the next generation of Indigenous Youth to believe in themselves by sharing her story. Nikki was just recently accepted at Thompson Rivers University and will be starting September 2018 pursuing her degree in Indigenous Studies and Political Science.

Cheyenne Gentles

Cheyenne Gentles

The name I was given in Ceremony was Pretty Shell Woman, my families Guardian Spirit Animal is a Bear. My grandparents Martha Sure is a Secwepemc Elder from Esketemc First Nations and Bill Sure is Canadian from Germany. I currently live on the unceded traditional territory of the Secwepemc People and the Tk’emlups Indian Band in Kamloops, British Columbia. I work for Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, a newly delegated Metis Child Welfare Agency, as the Indigenous Youth and Housing Assistant. I also attend Thompson Rivers University online to get my Bachelor in Business Administration.

Daylan Kidder

Daylan Kidder

Taanishi! My name is Daylan Kidder, and I am Métis, being part French, and part Cree. My family roots can be traced back to the Red River, with my family coming from Qu’Appelle Valley, Saskatchewan. I currently live in Kamloops, which is the unceded territory of the Secwepemc people. Before moving to Kamloops seven years ago, I lived in High Level, Alberta, where I spent my childhood.

I currently work for Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Family and Community Services, which is a delegated Métis Child welfare agency, as an Indigenous Youth Worker. I have my Human Services Diploma from Thompson Rivers University and I am in my 3rd year of Batchelor of Social Work Degree, with the intention of obtaining both my Social Work Degree and an Aboriginal Studies Certificate.

Reconciliation is important to me because I have a desire to change the way child welfare is practiced for Métis people. Part of this is to look towards healing, both culturally and spiritually. Our people for generations have had to hide their heritage for fear of reprisal. It is important that we seek this healing through reconciliation and for our people to work towards supporting the 96 Calls to Action.