Hello! Bonjour! My name is Cameron Jette, I identify as a settler, and I was born and raised on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory in Ottawa. This work is important to me, because as a settler it is my duty to lift up the voices of the Indigenous people in my community and around Turtle Island. I will be working with the Ottawa/Gatineau team to educate and build bridges between the people in our community. I hope to educate other settlers on the history of colonization and oppression the Indigenous peoples of Turtle Island have faced. I am very much looking forward to the months ahead. Thank you! Merci!
My name is Collin Orchyk from Treaty One territory. Reconciliation is important because people hold on to identities of pain, and there is no reason we can’t take the time to listen to each other in order for healing to take place. I plan on engaging all walks of life in open dialogue, to create a safe space for each individual to be respectively heard. It is my hope that these conversations plant seeds for an equitable future.
Aanii, boozhoo! My name is Dani Lanouette. I am an Anishinaabe Kwe, Ojibway from Neyaashiinigmiing and Algonquin from Rapid Lake. I’m currently taking General Arts and Science-Aboriginal Studies at Algonquin College on traditional unceded Algonquin territory in Ottawa. This is my second term with YRI and I’ll be going into my third year of being involved with CRE as a whole. As a YRI Leader I hope to get more Indigenous youth involved with their communities, as well as educate those who aren’t aware of social issues Indigenous people are facing. I look forward to what the future has in store for me! Chi Miigwetch.
Hello! My name is Isaiah McKeown-Philip from Iqaluit, Nunavut. While I am originally from Iqaluit, I grew up in Quebec City for much of my life before moving back to my hometown in 2013. I am currently studying at Nunavut Sivuniksavut, a unique college program based in Ottawa for Inuit students. I am excited to be part of the YRI team this year and I am looking to engage in meaningful dialogue that allows for healing and growth to take place, while inspiring youth to take an initiative to help their home communities. I am very excited for the year!
Hello, aanii, bonjour! My name is Najeeba Ahmed. I was born in Chittagong, Bangladesh. I came to Ottawa, Canada when I was 9 years old and have lived here ever since. I am honoured and excited to be a part of the YRI legacy to continue to foster dialogue between youth from different backgrounds and create social change. I love being outdoors and singing.