The Walrus Talks is a national speaker series that focuses on issues and themes important to all Canadians.
The Walrus Magazine is a type of political debate magazine here in Canada. From the magazine, they launched The Walrus Debates and now Walrus Talks events. These events consist of several different panelists from diverse backgrounds and areas of expertise. Each…
ReachUp! North Intern Josh Lewis speaks to his fellow Intern, Frazer Lee Whiteduck, about his experiences facilitating the program so far.
1. Can you tell people a bit more about yourself?
Aanii, boozhoo. For those who do not know me, I am Frazer Lee Whiteduck. My family’s clan is Marten, the warrior clan, and my spirit name is Owabizheeshi, which is also from the Marten clan. I am of Ojibway and Onondaga descent. My mother is Ojibwe and from Sheguindah First Nation on Manitoulin Island. My father is from Six Nations, an Onondaga people of the long house.
I am 25-years-old, and the father to two wonderful little boys who I raise…
ReachUp! North Intern Josh Lewis shares the recent experience he had at the Canadian Roots Exchanges' National Youth Forum in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Earlier this month I had the opportunity to attend the Canadian Roots Exchange National Youth Forum in Winnipeg, Manitoba. I was there on behalf of A7G and Kairos, and helped facilitate several blanket exercises. The blanket exercise is basically an interactive reconciliation tool that allows participants to experience the devastating effect that 500 years of colonization had on the Indigenous people of this nation.
Josh Lewis, Gabrielle Fayant, and three other facilitators of the blanket…
With the first pilot of the ReachUp! North program finished, Co-Managers Gabriella Fayant and Brock Lewis met with the Grand Chief of the Mushkegowuk region, Lawrence Martin, and his Special Projects Coordinator, Doug Cheechoo, to discuss ways to help youth in northern Ontario become successful entrepreneurs!
In communities in northern Ontario, it can be a struggle for youth to find a positive outlet.
Youth face many challenges that keep them jumping through hoops in order to get a good job, get an education, or even start a business.
We met with Lawrence Martin, the Grand Chief of northern Ontario, early in January to discuss how we could help communities in the Mushkegowuk region. He told us there are a lot of new opportunities coming into the territory, including the Ring of Fire project,…
This is the final instalment of our series of profiles introducing you to the ReachUp! North Interns. Last, but certainly not least, meet Frazer Whiteduck.
Talking to Frazer Whiteduck about his career goals is not advised if you're hungry.
Out of the five ReachUp! North Interns, Frazer is the chef, and can often be found whipping up culinary creations of all kinds, be it meals for his participants or dumpling stew for a blanket exercise workshop. For him, it's not work, but instead a good excuse to experiment.
"I've always liked cooking," Frazer says. "I like buying random fresh ingredients and seeing what I can create. I'm big into…
Welcome back from the holidays - you're just in time to meet Leland MacLeod!
Leland MacLeod's reason for getting involved with ReachUp! North was clear from the start: he wants to lead change on Canada's East Coast.
His ties to Newfoundland and, more specifically, the community of St. George's Bay began two generations earlier with his grandmother. She grew up in the province, but eventually ended up leaving because of a lack of opportunities.
When Leland visited his grandmother's hometown this past summer, there remained a lack of opportunity - but not a lack of…
ReachUp! North Intern Josh Lewis outlines the business ideas established by some of the participants that took part in the first-round of program training at the City of Ottawa's YouthZone.
Last week our ReachUp! North participants showcased the business ideas they had been developing over the past 6 weeks. I am grateful to be one of the facilitators for this first group of participants graduating from the ReachUp! North program. The participants have shown considerable growth since day one and they have all taken aspects of the program and connected it with a livelihood opportunity. Not only have they grown in this learning environment, but I also see these participants…
We've already introduced you to Ivy and Josh. Next up, meet Pam Sevigny! After this week, we'll be taking a break for the holidays. You can read the final two profiles on January 9th and 16th.
Pam Sevigny has always blazed her own path - something that was important and sometimes difficult growing up in a small town.
Her family moved south from Iqaluit, Nunavut when she was one-years-old, settling in Dixon's Corners, an hour south of Ottawa. Her parents decided Pam and her two older brothers would have better access to education in Ontario. But it wasn't easy.
"When it came to being in school, I was the only Inuk. And not only that, there were no First Nations either. My brothers…
The end of the week means it's time for a new ReachUp! North Intern profile! Meet Josh Lewis.
Watching Josh Lewis facilitate to a classroom of participants, it quickly becomes apparent that he's a natural-born teacher.
He's patient and easy-going, rolling with the jokes that get sent his way, but being firm when necessary.
Maybe that attitude is in part because of the name his great grandmother gave him when he was younger: Noodin, which translates to "wind" in English.
"I was always running around as a kid, and she could never see me, but she could always feel me," Josh explains.…
Check back at this spot every Friday - this is where we'll be posting a new profile featuring one of the ReachUp! North Interns, one per week. First up, meet Ivy Akiwenzie.
Ivy Akiwenzie's mind is a to-do list of small business goals.
The 24-year-old grew up in Wakefield, Quebec. Her father's side of the family is originally from Kitigan Zibi Anishinabeg and her mom is from Cape Croker, Ojibway territory located on the eastern shores of Bruce Peninsula.
Ivy first realized her entrepreneurial streak in 2009. That's when she moved to Maniwaki, another small town in Quebec, to take care of her grandma. Her grandma had severe allergies, and wasn't able to eat meat…