Tansi. My name is Betty Pewapsconias. I am a Nehiyaw (Cree) woman, horse rider and free spirited artist. I am a student at the University of Saskatchewan and live in Saskatoon. The community I originate from is a small reserve called Little Pine First Nation on Treaty 6 Territory. Growing up in a small reserve I have occupied myself by riding horses, helping my dad on our family ranch, working to perfect my artistic abilities and volunteering for my community. Growing up, I began to recognize how colonialism had impact my home territory, socially, emotionally, spiritually and had a gap that we could all feel. I soon felt obligated to search for a way to heal our homes. I had heard about Canadian Roots Exchange when I was in high school. Understanding that CRE had the same goals as I did, I became involved by attending the CRE student exchange in 2014-2015. My interest and obligation to bring reconciliation and healing to my community had sky rocketed, and by the end of the year I was ready to learn more. In 2016 I had the amazing opportunity to participate in the Youth Reconciliation Initiative Training, I took home with me new ways to educate, facilitate and to participate in workshops that share the knowledge that would bring our communities together for reconciliation.
Elisha Ngoie Muembo
Peace be with you. I am Elisha. I live on Treaty 6 Territory. I am originally from the Democratic Republic of Congo. I write both songs and stories. I joined YRI to learn more about the Indigenous peoples of Canada.
Tansi, my name is Delano Kennedy originally from Sweetgrass First Nation Saskatchewan. I am currently enrolled at SIIT in Saskatoon studying Mental Health & Wellness. This would be my 2nd term of volunteering within the ranks of CRE- Saskatoon team. I love what I do within the organization. I have grown much as a youth leader and look forward to carry through reconciliation work in Saskatoon. Furthermore I am thankful to be part of CRE and for the staff and board members to have faith in me- in us as the people of Canada. Thank you. Hiy-hiy.
My name is Hanah Molloy – a female non-Indigenous/settler raised in Treaty 4, Regina but currently living in Treaty 6, Saskatoon. I am very excited to be apart of Canadian Roots Exchange Youth Reconciliation Initiative this year! Reconciliation is tremendously important to me. I believe it is my responsibility to dismantle stereotypes, myths, and racist attitudes about Indigenous peoples because these narratives continue to hurt our communities and the land. With my amazing YRI team in Saskatoon, I hope to co-create decolonized spaces that bring young people together to generate authentic dialogue and expressive art in order to build relationships along this walk of reconciliation.