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9 People to Follow this Indigenous Peoples Day
June 21st is National Indigenous Peoples Day. It’s an opportunity to reflect on the heritage, diverse cultures and achievements of First Nations, Inuit and Métis people across the country. There are so many amazing things going on in the Indigeous community and here are a few people on our radar lately.
Wolf Saga is an electronic pop artist from London! His music is uplifting and sure to get you dancing. Check out his music on YouTube.
We Matter Co-Founders
Kelvin Redvers and Tunchai Redvers are siblings who founded We Matter, a non-profit that aims to empower indigenous youth and combat high suicide rates. Learn more about this amazing non-profit here.
Cody Coyote is Hip Hop Artist and Motivational Speaker from Ottawa. He struggled with addiction and mental illness for many years but is now sober and spreading messages of positivity across the world. Learn more about him in an interview on Digital Drum.
Levi Foy / Prairie Sky
Levi Foy a.k.a. Prairie Sky is a community activist from Couchiching First Nation, now living in Winnipeg. He creates safe spaces for LGBT2SQ people in the Winnipeg area and is a very successful drag performer. Learn more about him on CBC.
Cindy Blackstock is the executive director of the First Nations Child & Family Caring Society. She is a dedicated activist for the rights of Indigenous children and families. Her twitter profile is a great place to learn more about the conditions Indigenous people face across the country. Also check out First Nations Child & Family Cring Society for more information about the work she is doing.
Additionally mindyourmind has been able to interview many inspiring Indigenous movers and shakers over the years, here are the highlights:
Red Rising Magazine - Ashley Richard
A zine created by and for Indigenous youth.
Cheekbone Beauty - Jenn Harper
An awesome social enterprise contributing part of their proceeds to Indigenous education.
An inspiring musician.
Yotuni - Amanda Kennedy
A social entrepreneur focused on empowering Indigenous youth.
In addition to following these inspirational people you can also celebrate by checking out the events in your local area. There is also a listing of event ideas if you would like to do something in your community next year, if you need money for your event consider applying to the #RisingYouth grant.
Kathryn is a recent MSW graduate currently trying to #adult. She is a former mindyourmind staff and continues to work in the youth & community development sectors. In her spare time, she is a proud plant parent, home chef and avid volunteer.
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