Hi, my name is Amber Beaulieu. I am an Anishinaabe Ikwe from Sandy Bay First Nation in Treaty 1 territory in Manitoba. I am the eldest of 5 children, a mother to 2 beautiful and intelligent twin girls, and a partner to a wonderful Cree man from Fisher River Cree Nation. I have worked as a STEM Youth coordinator for the Dakota Ojibway Tribal Council where I developed a land and culture based strategy to administer to the grade school level in the DOTC schools. The purpose of the educational strategy was to promote and foster science, technology, engineering and mathematics and encourage the children to seek out more STEM related opportunities. I joined YRI because I’ve seen the effects and division that has been created between the inhabitants of turtle island due to the lack of education surrounding topics about Indigenous people. I also want to learn how to create a better future for my children and all children in Canada and for them to be able to learn and access resources about their cultures and backgrounds.
I am interested in reconciliation because I grew up and currently live in a community which have racism grassroots. A community where people are ashamed to admit their heritage and where they come from. I was born in the Northend of Winnipeg, Manitoba. I am first nations Cree woman whose family comes from Muskawekwan First Nation. I am currently getting a double major in Criminal Justice and Conflict Resolution. I want to become a police officer because growing up in northend I see many youth and adults who do not trust the police due to racism they previously faced from the law. An interesting fact about me is that I’m my moms favourite child but she never will admit it.
Jenna Licious is an Anishinaabe Ikwe living on Treaty 1 territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation in Winnipeg, Manitoba. She has been involved with Aboriginal Youth Opportunities (AYO!) Since 2010 as a youth empowerment facilitator, community helper, and megaphone girl at rallies and protests across the city. A published author and a former Status of Women Manitoba committee member, Jenna is an instrumental figure in Winnipeg’s urban Indigenous village.