My name is Taylor Galvin and I am an Environmental Studies student at the University of Manitoba. I am the land-based education coordinator for the Kis Kin Ha Ma Ki Win. As an Indigenous woman from Brokenhead Ojibway Nation, I want to learn from and help my community, as well as other First Nations communities, engage in different traditional, land-based practices. I would like to help other Indigenous and non-Indigenous students learn about the importance of keeping our traditions alive for the next Seven Generations. While in school I volunteer with the Graduation Pow Wow, am a leader in an indigenous environmental student group called the University of Manitoba’s Indigenous Concerns on the Environment and would like to help make positive changes to the environment as much as I can through my studies, volunteer, and work..
Tanjina Tahsin is a graduate student at the University of Manitoba’s Master of Environment program. She has a B.S. (Honours) degree in Soil, Water and Environment from University of Dhaka. Bangladesh. During her Master’s degree from the same department she studied Environment as her major arena of focus and completed a thesis on contamination (heavy metals) of food (specifically vegetables), sources of contaminants, and networks in the food chain, as well as their effect on human health. From 2013 to 2015 she worked for an International NGO, International Fertilizer Development Center, focusing on innovative agricultural technology as well as rural development, focusing especially on women. During her work, she has explored many monitoring tools (survey, interview and focus group discussions) based on project needs. Tanjina has also gained experience working with adolescents in an Adolescent Development Programme for BRAC, an international development organization based in Bangladesh. Now under the supervision of Dr. Stephane McLachlan, she will conduct her research which will explore the role of youth-centred Science education in the cross-culture community-based monitoring program with five communities of south and north. It is expected that her work will also include both Traditional Knowledge (TK) and western environmental sciences in addressing community concerns.
Aboozhoo! My name is Dylan Kensick and my family roots are from Winnipeg, Selkirk, and Sagkeeng First Nation. I am an Environmental Studies student at the University of Manitoba with a focus on biology, conservation, and restoration. I hope to work with First Nation communities and help to restore or repair damaged ecosystems. I am fascinated by trees and other plants because of the services they provide for people and other beings. I enjoy being outside in the forest with all of Mother Earth’s beings, picking medicines and foods, fishing, camping, paddling, and other outdoor activities. Indigenous traditional knowledge and ceremony is an important part of my life and I hope to continue learning and pass on teachings so that we as people can live together sustainably and ensure our children and grandchildren can enjoy comfortable happy lives.
My name is Kimbaya Carriere I was born and raised in Treaty 1, Winnipeg, Manitoba. Located on the traditional territory of Anishinaabeg, Cree, Oji-Cree, Dakota, and Dene Peoples, and on the homeland of the Métis Nation. I just finished my Environmental science and Biology degree at the University of Winnipeg. My dream is to work by or near a body of water. I would love to focus on marine biology but as long as I am by the water, learning about the water and strengthening my connection with the water I’ll be happy.
I am of Metis, French-Canadian and Mayan-Mexican heritage. I am very proud of my heritage and culture background and I love to learn and understand others cultural background. I believe there is power in collective knowledge and in combining various worldviews to meet the challenges of today. I love learning about different cultures their language, their food and their traditions and how that interacts and is interrelated to the environment, conservation and sustainability. I am especially passionate about promoting Indigenous people and their knowledge as I believe this will help myself, other Indigenous, mixed heritage and non-Indigenous people to reconnect, re-learn and re-shape a new relationship of belonging, love and respect to our land and water.
Hello, my given name is Jade Hamelin, and my spirit name is The Looking Through White Wolf Woman. I’m from Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, and I’m currently an undergraduate student at the University of Winnipeg. I’m currently in the Integrated Education Program working towards a Bachelor of Science and Education, with a major in biology. In the future, I would like to become a teacher who is able to incorporate land teachings to my students that will help them make deeper connections to the material, indigenous culture, and also with Mother Earth. In my free time, I love any activity that can be done outdoors, especially running and hiking. My love for nature has motivated me to learn more about sustainability and practice it in my everyday life. As an Indigenous person from a hydro impacted First Nation, I hope to help create more awareness for environmental injustice facing indigenous peoples in our own communities and be a part of the solution.