We at Feathers of Hope want you to know who we are. Please continue reading to learn about the current Youth Amplifiers!
Hello! My name is Edward Narcisse and I am from Aroland First Nation. I’ve been living in Thunder Bay for about four years now while going to school. I’m very excited and humbled to be joining the Ontario Child Advocate as a new amplifier, and I’m looking forward to a great experience with a lot of great people. The reason why I wanted to join the office is to motivate youth to be all that they can be in every step of their journey in life. I want to be able to guide them and offer whatever I can. It means a lot to me to be in a position where you get to be around children and youth for work. I always felt like I needed to be the person to give back, even if it is only sharing words and listening. For a long time, I’ve had dreams and goals to be something or to go somewhere, but I had no support or service. I had to beat the odds to get where I needed to be. I want to make sure I’m not the only one that has to go through thick and thin to get heard. Everyone’s voice needs to be heard and listened to. The more young people you encourage and support, the more that will feel confident in everyday life and make positive steps. Everyone has strengths and gifts in life. We need to help young people discover these things and utilize them. Their strengths and gifts are the keys to success, but also what gives meaning in success. I’m looking forward to seeing all the things young people can accomplish and to see them becoming successful.
Hello! I am from Longlake #58 First Nation, however I was born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario. I am a third year Child and Youth Care student at Confederation College. I have a deep desire to create change within my community for this generation along with the generations to come. I have been an active volunteer within my community since the age of sixteen years old. I have challenged the stigma of, as well as advocated for mental health for the past several years. I am honored to join the Ontario Child Advocate as the Feathers of Hope Youth Amplifier. I will amplify the voice of the young people and assist them on their journey to be change makers within their communities.
Boozhoo! Elton nindhiznikaz, Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug nindoonji. I’m honoured to say I’m a part of the Feathers of Hope team as a Youth Amplifier. With skills I learned previously working in education, I hope to utilize my knowledge & strengths moving forward with the team. I have a great passion for my culture, particularly in the areas of language revitalization and ceremony. As for hobbies, I enjoy everything Star Wars, reading comic books, and eating pizza. My favourite word in Anishinaabemowin is blueberry pie, which is miinibaashkiminasiganibiitoosijiganibakwezhigan.
Boozhoo! My name is Trivena Andy. I am from Big Grassy First Nation, but I didn’t grow up on my reserve. I was in and out of the child welfare system up until the age of 12, where I became a crown ward. My journey eventually brought me to Thunder Bay for school. I graduated from the Aboriginal Community Advocacy at Confederation College. During my time at Confederation College, I discovered that I have a deep passion to help youth and fellow Anishinaabe people, but most importantly, I found my own voice. I am very excited to be part of the team as a Youth Amplifier for the Ontario Child Advocate through the Feathers of Hope project. I believe our youth have so much to offer, but need the support to make sure they are being heard. I am here to make sure our youth are being heard, as well as to help assist with fulfilling their goals and dreams of making change for our future generations to come.