Youth Reconciliation Leaders of Whitehorse

whitehorse@canadianroots.ca

 

Torey Hampson

Torey Hampson

My name is Torey. I enjoy exploring Canada: born in Ontario; went to school in British Columbia; worked in Nova Scotia. I have called several cities throughout Canada home. Currently I reside in Whitehorse YT, on Ta’an Kwäch’än and Kwanlin Dün land. With YRI I wish to continue my growth in understanding traditions and experiences of First Nations, Metis, and Inuit people. Beginning with respect and openness, I aim to learn how to be a better ally. In my learning, I hope to assist my community by engaging in thoughtful conversations and intentional gatherings. For several years, I have worked in non/ not-for-profits to support community access to transportation, art and theater, addiction counselling, housing, nutritious food, group fitness, employment opportunities, and safe spaces to learn and relax. I also have many years of experience working within environmental protection, in particular reducing waste and promoting self-propelled transportation with providing free bicycle repair training. Both from the Simon Fraser University’s Dialogue Program and employment pursuits, I have gained a good deal of skill and training in facilitation and event planning. Trying to recognize my many privileges, I hope to use my developed skills to deepen my local communities’ connection, compassion, and appreciation of our diverse peoples.

Bobbi Rose Koe

Bobbi Rose Koe

Mentored by her Telit, Gwich’in family from an early age, Bobbi Rose Koe is a young leader who is making a difference. With a passion for community and connecting youth with the land. She is a co-founder of Youth of the Peel, which has a mandate to “engage First Nations youth and create community among those who would like to contribute to fostering healthy futures for ourselves, communities, and nations.” Youth of the Peel achieves this by organizing paddling trips down the various rivers in the Peel Watershed. In 2017, Bobbi Rose became a Regional coordinator and instructor for the Dechinta Centre for Research and Learning as part of their Rivers Semester. Currently taking the Indigenous Women in Community Leadership Advanced Mentorship Program, she has discovered a passion for community engagement and strategic planning.