1. What are you studying and year in the program (if you’re a student)?
I am an artist and community research associate in the 2nd year with IPHRC.
2. What is your role at IPHRC?
I deliver and facilitate art programs to First Nations youth in both rural Saskatchewan and urban (Regina) Saskatchewan. Identity and self-awareness are what is explored through the art, and the hope with that, will come a stronger sense of self and where one fits in the world.
3. What are you learning in your time at IPHRC?
Learning to work with a great team. Also learned there are other ways and ideas to do a great job. Working with other like-minded individuals is also very encouraging and opens the door to new possibilities. I like to think my methods always have the potential to evolve.
4. What are your career goals?
To expand this idea to other First Nations communities across Saskatchewan, Canada and the U.S. that this is positive. The cliché that it takes a village to raise a child is so true, so the idea that we are all in this together, we all want our young people strong and confident, and so it’s something I hold onto. These are our future leaders and the community partnerships are evidence of that shared hope. In some cases, these are my cousins, nieces and nephews so it’s special when they find success, and important for us to celebrate those successes. What better goal is there?
5. Anything else you would like to add?
The potential is boundless. Many of our youth had no idea the talent they had, so it’s important to keep providing opportunities to our young people. How can we know what we love, without a chance to try?
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