Hello! Nice to meet you! My name is HyunGu Kang. I’m a South Korean student living in Vancouver – on the unceded territories of the Coast Salish Nation – and studying at UBC – located on the unceded territories of the Musqueam Nation. I am thrilled to be joining CRE’s Youth Reconciliation Initiative as a leader in Vancouver-Musqueam this year! I study conservation, and view decolonization and reconciliation as essential elements of the struggle against climate change. I am grateful for the opportunity to address reconciliation through this lens, and look forward to learning with the YRI team!
Selam! My name is Sina Yetbarek. I live in vancouver on the uncedid Coast Salish territory (Musqueam, Squamish & Tsleil-Waututh nations). I was born and raised in Eritrea until I moved to Uganda in 2007. I have been in Canada for 3 years now and the journey so far has been amazing. Currently , I’m a second year student at Capilano University, pursuing a Global Stewardship Associate Degree.
I am passionate about encouraging youth, empowering marginalized communities, and engaging in community development. I have had many opportunities to use my experiences as a young African immigrant to work with others in creating more cooperative communities for vancouver’s immigrant and refugee youth.
In 2015 I began working with Canadian Roots Exchange as a Youth Reconciliation Leader, a position I still hold today. As I continue to work with Canadian Roots Exchange, I am confident that we will continue to pursue and bring positive changes for the marginalized and develop sustainable relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, while also learning and building others up to be conscious and informed leaders.