My name is Bradley, also known as Timone. I’m from Sheguiandah First Nation. I’m Ojibwe. I live in Sudbury. I joined YRI to meet all these wonderful youth leaders, and give this opportunity a try.
Hello, my name is Eric. I’m from Sudbury Ontario. I started working with CRE in March of 2016 by participating in the Niigaanzhaadaa National Youth Conference. My goals in this program are to help build stronger communities through continuous growth and learning. Joining YRI means that I am able to meet my fellow youth, learn new perspectives and develop skills that will help my team continue the journey of reconciliation between indigenous and non-indigenous youth.
My name is Hazel Mata. I was born and raised in Philippines. Three years ago, my family moved in Sudbury, the Robinson Huron Treaty. I started off going to the CRE conference in March 2016 and it had been a truly amazing experience. I decided to join YRI because I want to gain more knowledge about Canada and its history. Joining the YRI would give me the opportunity and skills I need to become more active in my own community as well as to build bridges between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people.
I am an Anishinaabe kwe from M’Chigeeng, FN. I work at the Ojibwe Cultural Foundation as the Public Relations Officer. Working at the centre I get to meet people from different walks of life who want to learn about the Anishinaabe culture.
I attended a CRE information session and was immediately hooked by the work they were doing. Not only sharing the Ojibwe culture with non-Indigenous people, but learning about where they come from too. Reconciliation is a big job that needs to happen and I’m grateful to be part of this amazing initiative.
Aanii. My name is Marlo, I am from Sudbury and I am a member of Wikwemikong Unceded Indian Reserve. I have ancestries of Odawa, Potawatomi, Haudenosaunee, French, and Scottish nations. I belong to the bear clan. I joined YRI to learn and teach along side like-minded youth on reconciliation and how we could improve relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous youth in Sudbury (Robinson-Huron Territory).
Aanii Boozhoo, Epigishmog N’dizhnikaaz, Sheguiandah N’doojin, Amik doodum.
Hello, my name is Sunset Sagutch, I am from Sheguiandah First Nation, and my family is a part of the beaver clan. I have recently graduated from Mental Health and Addictions Worker Program through Canadore College at Kenjgewin Teg Educational Institute. I am currently working as a Personal Indigenous Consultant for various communities, and organizations, such as First Nation Communities, Health Services, Schools and Anishinabek Organizations.
I am in my second year with Canadian Roots Exchange. I have renewed my contract as a Youth Reconciliation Initiative Leader for Sudbury/Manitoulin. I love working with this organization, as it helps to bridge the gap between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Youth, through workshops, conferences, exchanges, and helps create dialog to those who are trying to understand the history of the first peoples of this country.
Things I love to do, is singing on the hand drum and big drum. I also love listening to my elders for teachings and protocols of the Anishinabek worldview.