YOUTH PAGE COMING SOON!
We are working hard to create a NATOA Youth page that will launch very soon! This page will include resources in financial literacy, entrepreneurship, employment, and mental health for Indigenous youth. We strongly believe that by providing our youth with resources and opportunities to learn and explore, they will have the skills and confidence to take on leadership roles in their communities.
The National Youth Council promotes youth opportunities to engage in critical issues regarding financial literacy, mental health & entrepreneurship. The NATOA National Youth Council reports to the CEO & president as an advisory body on all issues from a youth perspective. The NATOA National Youth Council operates as an eight-member council of First Nations, Metis and Inuk youth from across Turtle Island.
The Youth work collaboratively with fellow Youth Council members to provide input into projects, resources and content produced by NATOA and partners. Participate in projects as they arise, including outreach through NATOA’s social media outlets or events.
Tansi, My name is Roxanne Auger. I am a Public Sector Management student at UVIC with over 3 years of experience in administration functions within a hospital setting and currently working my way towards a bachelor’s degree in public administration.
I am Cree Metis and currently reside on Treaty 6 territory. With the effects of intergenerational trauma and the impact of residential schools that have affected my family, my goal is to decolonize the family structures that I have been raised in and to heal those wounds that have been passed down to me from generation to generation so that I can pursue leadership roles within my community. I am highly passionate about collaborative work to address social issues that Indigenous people face within society and promote holistic health and wellness.
I am excited to be part of the NATOA Youth Council because the organization provides indigenous peoples with educational workshops within mental health, financial literacy and entrepreneurship, advocacy, engagement and opportunities, all in which I think are important to self-sustainability.
Ricky-Lee Watts is named after his late-father, Rick Watts, whose ancestry is unknown, and through his mother, Molly Watts, he is Nuučaan̓uł. His Quu-as name is Aamiitlaa, meaning “blessed one”.
Ricky-Lee is a first-generation University graduate, traveler, dreamer, and visionary leader. Currently he is involved as Youth Lead Program Manager with Indigenous Clean Energy, Elected Councillor for his nation, and as a Motivational Speaker. Experienced in working with Indigenous communities, universities, and government; Ricky-Lee lives a life of interconnectedness and intentionality.
Ricky-Lee loves connecting with people and inspiring them to embrace their power, to find beauty within themselves, their communities, and in the world around them; even when it is challenging to do so. Leading with curiosity, passion, and gratitude; Ricky-Lee brings forth love and dedication to being the role model he needed when he was younger.
Recognized as “young elder” by his colleagues, his vision is one that inspires values of ʔiisaak and hišukʔiš c̓awaak — respect for all creation having a common origin, and that everything is one.
Aanii/Boozhoo Karli Robertson ndizhinikaaz, Sunderland ndoo-njibaa, Nbapaa Anishinaabe-nini miinwaa ngaashi zhaaganaash-kwe. Kinoomagenh miinwaa Anishinaabemowin ekinomaagozid ndaawag. Nmiigwechiwendam.
I am a graduate of Trent University’s Master’s program in Indigenous Studies, where I studied stereotypes of Indigenous women and identity in connection to the land and continued colonial violence. I also specialized in Anishinaabemowin through The Chanie Wenjack School of Indigenous Studies. I am proud to be of Anishinaabe heritage and will always be a lifelong learner.
I am currently working within Indigenous Education at the elementary and secondary school levels at DDSB and DCDSB. I am actively striving to promote Anishnaabemowin within our communities and to keep learning the language in hopes to pass on knowledge to our future generations.
I am very grateful for my connections to the Indigenous community members and knowledge holders who are helping to guide me along this path of learning and for opportunities such as these to learn together.
Michif Cultural connections Josh Morin is a youth leader within the Métis Nation. Born and raised in the Edmonton area. Josh has worked hard to provide Indigenous-led workshops to community members such as moccasin making, finger weaving and Michif language classes as well as running the day-to-day operations at Michif Cultural Connections the Métis Cultural Centre in St. Albert.
Josh is also the grandson of honourable Senator Thelma Chalifoux, the first Indigenous woman appointed to the Canadian Senate. His family has long historical roots in St. Albert and Lac St Anne dating back to the community’s earliest iterations and are very proud of their strong Métis culture and history they carry in Treaty 6 territory and the Métis homeland.
Alyssa is a member of the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation in Treaty 8 Territory. She is a Trustee with the Board of Trustees for the Athabasca Chipewyan First Nation. She is currently enrolled in the Bachelor of Commerce (B.Comm) through Thompson Rivers University with a focus in Public Sector Management with an anticipated graduation date of 2023. She attended the Centre for Arts and Technology in Kelowna in 2016 and received a diploma in Event and Promotions Management, attended Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity for Indigenous Leadership and completed two programs in Project Management for Indigenous Organizations and Indigenous Strategic Planning.
She has experience working in the event industry planning corporate and cultural functions, continuous work with Indigenous businesses and building brand awareness for the external community. Her focus is to continually engage with Indigenous organizations and communities to modernize approaches in events, marketing and communication.