Intimidating, foreign, unjust and discriminating,” are just some of the words used by youth to describe the relationship between Aboriginal people and the justice system, according to a new report by the Office of the Provincial Advocate for Children and Youth. Feathers of Hope, Justice and Juries: a First Nations Youth Action Plan for Justice captures the voices of young people from across Aboriginal communities in Ontario, and was released in simultaneous events held on Parliament Hill and at the Ontario Legislative Assembly.
Samantha Crowe has been with the Ontario Child Advocate since 2012. Her role in the first five years at the office was a Youth Amplifier on the Feathers of Hope project. In 2017, Samantha became a Community Development Advisor. She is a proud Anishinaabe Kwe from Lake Helen First Nation, but resides in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Samantha has recently graduated from Lakehead University with an Honours Bachelor of Social Work Degree, with a Concentration of Indigenous Learning. When Samantha is not busy with school or work, she loves to be on the land, play hockey or baseball, spend time with friends and family, travel, and be creative in whatever way she can. She is passionate about young people in her work and everyday life because she believes that everyone should have equal opportunity to play, learn, and grow into the person they want to be.