Public Interest School 2016
indigenous advisory committee
Alexa Lesperance is a Youth Facilitator for the Native Youth Sexual Health Network. She is Anishinaabe (Ojibwe) from the makwa (bear) clan and is from Naotkamegwanning First Nation located in Northwestern Ontario. She is currently an undergrad in the Directed Interdisciplinary Studies program at Carleton University with a specialization in reproductive health, rights and justice. She is also working towards becoming an Indigenous practitioner.
Colleen Cardinal is a Plains Cree woman from Saddle Lake First Nation, AB. Colleen organizes with the grassroots volunteer group Families of Sisters in Spirit (FSIS). She speaks publicly and candidly about murdered and missing Indigenous women and the impacts of the 60’s Scoop drawing critical connections between genocidal colonial policies and her lived experiences and those of women in her family. She believes that sharing her story is an important part of her healing journey in addition to raising awareness and building solidarity and understanding within Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities. Colleen strongly believes in supporting/upholding women’s self-determination, including meeting them where they are at.
RJ is Saulteaux–Cree, originally from Regina, Saskatchewan. They identify as Two Spirit and Non-Binary. RJ has been volunteering in Ottawa’s urban Indigenous community for more than nine years, and has focused on youth issues for the past five. RJ currently serves on the OFIFC – Ontario Aboriginal Youth Council and advocates on Two Spirit issues. RJ’s goal is to become an educator, doula, and counsellor while providing safe spaces for LGBTQIA+ Youth and Two Spirit Indigenous Youth.