VOICE Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (IYAC)

VOICE Indigenous Youth Advisory Council (IYAC)

 

Karahkwinetha Sage Goodleaf-Labelle

Karahkwinetha Sage Goodleaf-Labelle is a second-year Psychology and Neuroscience student. She was born to the Bear Clan of the Kanien’kehá:ka nation, part of the Haudenosaunee confederacy. Raised by two inspirational women, a psychologist and a teacher, both of whom identify as Two-Spirit, she developed an everlasting understanding of traditional values and an interest in helping others understand themselves.  Growing up in Kahnawake, she experienced first-hand some of the major social issues that affect most Indigenous peoples: substance abuse, mental illness and emotional numbness, perpetuated within a multi- generational chain of abuse.
Throughout her postsecondary journey, she has been exposed to a world of possibilities and potential opportunities to help her community in blending traditional knowledge and teachings with the western educational system. Confident that her experiences can provide a unique lens by which to maintain engagement in important discussions, she has worked with Indigenous youth as Project coordinator with the non-profit organization Youth Fusion at Dawson College, where she and her co-project coordinator help promote Okwehonwe youth to follow their own paths. She is also a member of McGill's Indigenous Youth Advisory Council, and the youth subcommittee of the Collective Impact project in Kahnawake.

 

 

Codey Martin

My name is Codey Martin, I am Mig’maq from the traditional territory Gespe'gewa'gi Listuguj, Qc. I am currently in the Social Work program at McGill University. I am active in Indigenous community and I am also a part of the BIPOC race caucus. I am currently working as a Traditional support worker at the KSCS Family Wellness Center in Kahnawake for my field placement. I am a life-long learner of cultural practices and have an extensive background of oral knowledge. Looking forward to being a part of the VOICE team as one the Indigenous Youth Advisors.

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