Kwey! My name is Melissa (she/her/elle) and I am an urban Anishnaabekwe currently residing in Gatineau, Québec, and member of the Kitigan Zibi Anishnabeg. I hold a degree in Service Social from the University of Ottawa, where my interest in advocacy and community empowerment started. My previous work experience includes research and program coordination focused on the over-incarceration of Indigenous women and gender diverse people, as well as sexual and reproductive health in the non-profit sector.
I am excited to join CRE as the Indigenous Youth Liaison, where I will be working half-time with CRE and half-time with Crown Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs Canada to build trust between the Government of Canada, and undertake co-development in a way that maximizes collaboration!
When I am not working, I am usually hanging out with my four pets while beading, catching up on TV shows, baking, or playing video games.