My name is Emily Noon, and I am a proud Cree woman, originally from Thunderchild First Nations in Treaty Six Territory. In addition to that my mother is from Red Earth First Nations, while my father is from Thunderchild First Nations. This is my first year as a volunteer youth facilitator for YRI in association with Canadian Roots Exchange. I am apart of the Vancouver team this year, and I’m beyond excited to be able to truly listen to each individual on what their definition of what reconciliation is, and how we can all contribute positively to this conversation in order for us to come to a consensus about reconciliation. To do this I want to educate our youth on our history regarding Indigenous peoples because I feel that the key to reconciliation is education.
My name is Collin Orchyk. I have mixed First Nations and settler ancestry. On my mother’s side we are Cree-Lakota, Turtle Clan, from Peguis First Nation on Treaty One land. On my father’s side we are Mennonite. This is my second year with Canadian Roots Exchange, and I am thrilled to be a YRI leader in Vancouver this year.
Reconciliation is important because people hold on to identities of pain, and there is no reason we can’t listen to each other in order for healing to take place, to share stories. I know that because of my mixed ancestry, I have a great responsibility as a bridge builder in reconciliation.