Celeste Katsitsanoron Beauchamp is a 19 year old, Kanienkehaka woman from Kahnawake. She currently lives in Ottawa and is working for the Native Women’s Association of Canada in the Youth Advocacy and Development Unit, alongside being a student with Laurentian University in the “Indigenous Social Work” program. Her passions lie in Indigenous youth and the revitalization of language and traditional education.
Hi, I’m Dorian Jensen, and I’m Red River Métis; though I have lived in Ottawa for the past five years. I am a person who exists at the intersection of multiple marginalized identities — I am queer, disabled, and poor as well as being Indigenous — and as such am keenly aware of the need for disparate communities to find common ground and work together to uplift all of us who are disenfranchised or oppressed. We are stronger together, and that is a message I think is core to reconciliation work. Outside of my involvement with YRI, I am a choral singer and occasional podcaster — using my voice literally, as well as metaphorically.
Aanii, boozhoo, Dani ndizhnikaaz, Neyaashiinigmiing ndoonibaa, n’gig ndodem. I come from Neyaashiinigmiing Unceded Anishinaabekiing and I’m from the Otter clan. I am Ojibwe and Algonquin and live on the unceded territory of my people, the Algonquin nation in Ottawa. I’m a second year General Arts and Science student with a concentration in Aboriginal Studies at Algonquin College. As an intergenerational survivor, it’s extremely important to me to work towards reconciliation through education and community building. This will be my third year of YRI and I’m super grateful for all the opportunities that have been passed my way through this work.
Hello! My name is Krista Magee. I am non-Indigenous, and I was born and raised on unceded, unsurrendered Algonquin territory in Ottawa. I graduated from Queen’s University in 2017 with a Bachelor’s Degree in Health Studies and Biology. Currently, I am completing my Master’s in Northern Studies at Carleton University. I am passionate about learning and being outdoors! It is very important to me, as a non-Indigenous person, to listen to, trust, and uplift Indigenous voices in my community. Through the Youth Reconciliation Initiative, I hope to broaden my understanding of reconciliation by creating safe, collaborative spaces where youth can share their knowledge and experiences so that we can grow together in a peaceful way and create a stronger community. I am very much looking forward to learning and growing with everyone this year!
Selam! My name is Rim Zeghai and I am a proud Eritrean. I am currently studying Public Affairs and Policy Management at Carleton University. I was fortunate to be a part of the CRE exchange to Kuujjuaq three years ago, it was a life-changing experience that allowed me to heal, learn and unlearn, and make new friendships. I’ve been called to this youth leader position because my passion/purpose in life is to help others and realize their potential. I also wish to remove the label “minority”, that Indigenous peoples have because it refers to feeling small and being of lesser value. Which is unjust because not only is this Indigenous peoples land but no essence of their being, nor way of life is inferior to anything. So that is why, through my position with CRE and as an ally, I hope to facilitate open dialogue, workshops, and various events. Education is key, and by decolonizing education, our society can work towards sharing the truth and reconciliation.