Youth panel to discuss First Nations education


The Collective (FNWSC) invites First Nation youth, 12 and older, to join a panel of Indigenous students for a virtual conversation about what community-based education should look like for First Nations.

On Wednesday, Jan. 25, the youth will join Elder Henry Pitawanakwat, a Knowledge Keeper from Three Fires Confederacy and Anishinaabemowin translator who has done extensive work, teachings and storytellings with Indigenous youth in the Greater Toronto Area.

Leslee White-Eye, FNWSC Governance Director, will facilitate the event, which has been organized by the First Nations Education Administrators Association and the University of Ottawa.

When: Wednesday, January 25, 2023, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. EST

 The students scheduled for the panel are: 

  • Jay FastCloud-Smith, Rapper, Youth Justice Advocacy Coordinator, Chippewas of the Thames First Nation (tentative)
  • Emily Peltier, Grade 11 student, winner of James Bartleman award for Indigenous Youth Writing, from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory
  • Lauren Poeta, Archaeologist and post graduate student at Western University, working as project associate in the Office of Indigenous Initiatives' new Wampum Learning Lodge, Anishinaabekwe member of Wiikwemkoong Unceded Territory and was born on Curve Lake First Nation.
  • Keiran Davis, two spirit trans youth who sits on the 2SLGBTQIA+ Council for Grand Council Treaty#3 and the Ontario First Nations Young Peoples Council. Kieran has worked in Emergency Management, structural/forest firefighting and currently works in Justice doing victim services in his community. Kieran is from Obishikokaang (Lac Seul) Treaty #3.