10 young Canadians to watch


I think it’s important to be apart of change that we want to see I speak up a lot about issues impacting indigenous specifically indigenous women when I look into my community’s faces and I see the hurt that still exists I see the lack of understanding coming back at I want to be a part of that education in that dialogue my goal is to start conversation that we can be a part and that can leave people feeling empowered and strong and like there in a healthy relationship on both sides change starts when we start tearing each other and participating together and Soul by writing songs that address these issues because if we don’t acknowledge the past there’s no way we can move into the future boys can take me anywhere and I couldn’t live without it I took a field trip with my class to place called the Hopewell rocks and it was amazing I imagined what would happen if two girls were to go in a place like that and to get lost and maybe they would discover a Magic World in there and that was the basis of my First Book Kelley Army Cliff stories they don’t care about who you are and they don’t care about how your day is there always welcoming you into their words and their world and I figured if I can make other people feel that way I wanted to do that and this is my second sisters of Serena you guys want me to read from it little bit Yeah the birds were soaring above and the bushes were shivering the two girls sing and dance in that wild Manor doing the floor and everything in it I’ve spoken the kids my age about why I love reading and writing I like to think I’ve offered a different perspective to the students who I come and visit because for one I’m showing them that you can do anything even if you’re young and I think if we learn to come closer together to tell our stories for who we are then we can really connect and work towards a better future just taking the gentle makeup remover so I’m just going to go ahead and wipe the makeup off makeup Artistry has always been a passion of mine it was almost a way of Escape as them at times too we all experience different disabilities and different how much were alive so it was one of the ways that I would cope and would make me feel good so I mean if someone has a nice full brows was just emphasizing which you have already working with indigenous youth in women how about I would say when I was 12 so we go to community and we talked with people and we kind of help uplift them and see what you know kinds of things are struggling with and just try to be there as a support system why are beautiful and you don’t have to have like a ton of makeup work we can have fun with it and just play with it you know that’s like one of the best ways to just approach everything it means a lot to me that I can use makeup Artistry as a tool to connect with indigenous youth and woman but also help them feel really good and feel beautiful about who they are on the inside and the outside but I do feel this passage chosen me I’m just happy to be that vessel of helping someone feel good I have Down syndrome and it’s at least interesting thing about me doesn’t Define me and I think I’m amazing because I am smart energetic else are happy sassy love to sing and dance and I love to act so I just go for my dreams and I just do it I want people to be in fired by me where all unique and are different ways I want people to believe in themselves like my family taught me I want everyone to achieve their goals and dreams and to always love them self you might think there’s a good way to say it but there isn’t weird matter is no good way to say retarded to get started love anybody that’s around you because love is a real big powerful thing the winner of the 2018 Canadian Griffin prize is Billy Ray velcoro work is about how we might begin to imagine a world in which indigenous flourishing is possible I’m trying to bring to light aesthetic experiences at a lot of people have lot of indigenous people who are old from the lgbtq community but a story that hasn’t been brought into the Canadian public so I think that with poetry one can create a sort of connectivity between people that I might never meet but none-the-less feel impacted my rating for 10. This is Love whisper tonight we will be children tomorrow the feeling of being in two bodies at once where do you come from I’m from the back alley of the world being able to cultivate the desire to live in people is one of the most for The Beaver Brown things that someone can do in the I am grateful that my work and do that I’ve been engaged in Cadiz political system since I was around 14 I face a lot of sexism and racism and different forms of violence when I was more directly engage in our political I’ve been under a lot of young women who continues to face touch barrier we’re actually trying to bring together a bunch of candidates on train now I co-founded the young women’s leadership Network on the work that we’re trying to do is really bringing young women together to talk about political institutions and policy issues that impact Our Lives to make sure that the solutions that are leaders end up making reflect the realities of Our Lives as being marginalized women to make sure that young women are not only getting engaged in our political process but their face with situations and conditions at Foster their leadership and helped them Thrive we haven’t even gotten yet in their voice and finding the power and themselves to speak up and to talk about the issues they’re experiencing is something that drives the work that I do because it’s so important to to listen to all of these voices and to make sure that nobody is being left behind Moon 2016 I have the amazing opportunity to travel to the Arctic during my Arctic Expedition I saw amazing thing one thing that really sucks when they was this moment when we were at the Alyssa I sort in Greenland we went silent for second and we can literally hear the icebergs melting it was a bone-chilling experience I’ll never forget and this idea that climate change is real it really sunk into me so often climate changes talked about as an issue of the future but going up to the Arctic realize first time that is absolutely an issue that affects real people today and impact it has on in you at Mental Health on our water and security and food and security and First Nations across the country so in an effort to really understand I could do about this I started an organization called to break the Divide what we do to break the Divide is we connect these youth in these different communities across Canada so that we can foster dialogue in discussion about Providence issues in their communities and how we keep that momentum going to really break down socio-economic geographical and racial barriers between different communities I think through these different connections we can get people aware of those issues and then drive to create change I developed a technology called centiliter as a part of a science fair project for the Calgary science fair when I was in high school and a centimeter technology works by implementing a very low cost you attach the water to one side of the solar panel and then you’re able to calibrate the water flow so that it will drip out at a very steady rate so now the solar panel is on a swing as the Suns Lueders swings then it will follow the Sun and so I realize that this is the technology that I wanted to share with others in different parts of the world and since we started working on some saludar our nonprofit has actually deployed solar panels impacting seven thousand people in 19 countries around the world I’m really proud to be Canadian my family came over from Asia as refugees in the 80s and Canada took them in and allowed them to create a home a life and a family for themselves so I’m grateful that I had a chance to grow up in such a place that provided me with such opportunity I think some saluter is the first step in many technologies that I’d like to be able to build one day imv co-host producer and co-creator of Sequoia podcast sit down and we have a conversation with someone who is living with a chronic orator disease catches it’s a comedy podcast clapping your hands with a bionic prosthetic and funny these issues that a lot of people were dealing with illness face on a day-to-day basis what drives me or pushes me to do what I do is the fact that I’m dying so I live with a chronic disease called cystic fibrosis it come do with this shorten life expectancy which is play the huge role in my life in terms of kind of lighting a fire under my butt and propelling me to want to live my life to the absolute fullest I don’t care through brick wall the difference that we know we are making with liquid podcast is we’ve created this community where people who are living with illness were affected by almost don’t feel alone 6 years ago my family and I were in India on a family trip and I was first exposed to extreme poverty and that was a major moment for me while I realize that I had to do something to help him any of the kids that I saw so I returned to Canada and along with my brother and three of our friends we decided to start a small group and eventually that group grew into a national nonprofit called every child now that empowers kids to help other kids and provides children all around world’s with their basic needs engaged hundreds of children in our community and thousands of kids across the country to take up the fight for children’s rights and that means that we’re helping locally and helping internationally from Nepal to West Africa to India to try and break the cycle of poverty and instead start a new cycle of progress I hope that through my accident to my friend’s actions were able to inspire other kids to take up this fight this isn’t about one person this is about children’s right this is about my generation stepping up and saying it’s time to do something about this and we’re not going to wait for other people to start this change this changes going to start with us
These 10 Canadians are making an impact in their communities and in the lives of others: Iskwe, Jeremie Saunders, Madison Tevlin, Abhayjeet Singh Sachal, Arezoo Najibzadeh, Billy-Ray Belcourt, Eden Ful Goh, Maika Branch, Saige Arcand, Vishal Vijay.

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