The Hope Council is an advisory group of amazing Indigenous youth leaders behind the ideas, content, and vision of We Matter! The council was created in Spring 2018, after We Matter & Facebook’s 2018 #HopeForum: A National Gathering of Indigenous Youth Leaders on Healing & Life Promotion.
Hope Council members are between the ages of 13-25, represent various First Nation, Metis and Inuit regions across the country, and are Ambassadors of We Matter’s messaging. As an Indigenous and youth-led organization committed to Indigenous youth empowerment, hope and life promotion, We Matter’s Hope Council provides ideas, review, consultation, and feedback on We Matter’s social media content, materials and resources, and activities to ensure that everything we do is relevant and representative of youth across contexts.
The Hope Council is guided by 4 directions – 4 main areas of focus important to Indigenous youth life promotion:
Click youth names to learn more about them!
Jaylene Delorme Buggins is Chipewyan/Cree from Yellowknives Dene First Nation and lives in Hay River NWT. Jaylene is the National Youth Rep for the Native Woman’s Association Of Canada (NWAC); the North Regional Rep and the NWT Youth Rep for the Native Woman’s Association Of the NWT. She is also a NWT Youth Ambassador for the GNWT & is part of the Young Women’s Leadership Council.
At 24 years old Jaylene is a strong and inspiring voice for young Indigenous girls and 2 Spirited people. Jaylene is culturally connected and ties her culture into her facilitation work, and is starting to learn her language from her father. As a recovering addict, she advocates for awareness on mental health issues, addictions and teen suicide. She had to endure many hardships in life to get to where she is today, so she brings a powerful unique voice and insight to the table for youth across Canada through both her experiences and her healing journey.
Adriana Pack is a young woman who has dedicated her life to helping others. She is originally from Miawpukek First Nations Reserve in Newfoundland. Adriana is a member of the National Association of Friendship Centres Aboriginal Youth Council. As well, she attends Memorial University and is working towards her Bachelor of Nursing degree. She volunteers with Memorial University Global Brigades and participates every year in the medical/dental/public health brigades in Honduras. She sits on the MUN Global Brigades Medical/Dental/Public Health Brigade executive committee as the Vice President of Public Health. She also holds the position of the Campus Chairperson for Global Brigades at MUN and acts as a liaison between the Global Brigades National organization and the chapters at her university. In addition, she is a Research Assistant for a Research Project under the Bioethics Faculty at MUN studying Aboriginal Patient as well as immigrant and refugee experiences within Eastern Health. Moreover, she volunteers at her local friendship centre.
Matthew Bombardier is a Métis person from Ontario. He is a beadwork and quillwork artist and is very passionate about We Matter and Youth Empowerment.
Josh Crawley is a youth from Niagara Falls, Ontario, of proud Cayuga and Turtle clan. Josh is currently the youth consultant of We Matter’s Youth Leaders Toolkits and valedictorian graduate of The Soaring Eagles alternative school. Josh wishes to help and be a part of his community as much as he can, learning more about his culture, people, history, and ancestors, which is what brought him to be a part of We Matter and the Hope Council.
My given name is Jaime Fortin and my spirit name is Circling White Eagle. I identify as Anishinaabe Kwe but grew up on a Cree Reserve in Northern Ontario, called Chapleau Cree First Nation. I am going into my final year at Trent University and I am in the process of obtaining a major in Indigenous studies with a minor in Gender Studies and an emphasis in Law and Policy. I was fortunate to be able to grow up on the reserve with close ties to the land and my culture. As I have learned though, many Indigenous people do not have these opportunities to learn their culture and traditions which is one of the reasons I am passionate about Indigenous issues and working within First Nation communities.
My name is Dakota Laliberte! I identify as a 2-Spirit Being and Metis. I am from a small community of Ile-a-la-Crosse which is situated in Northern Saskatchewan. My current occupation is Primary Care Paramedic which I offer Emergency Services to all of the North-West Saskatchewan. It has been a personal journey of mine to aid people not only in health but in other aspects which makes a person whole. I also am the Saskatchewan Youth Rep for the National Association of Friendship Centres and along with this opportunity, I can help people on a much larger scale. For myself I love exercise, acting, music, the outdoors, and I am slowly but surely reconnecting with my culture.
Jukipa Kotierk is an Inuk whose passion for helping her community through suicide prevention initiatives has recently encouraged her to be more vocal and action oriented for the wellbeing of Inuit across the circumpolar regions. She is currently a Wellness Program Specialists with the Quality of Life Secretariat at the Government of Nunavut.
As a youth, and member of the Quality of Life Secretariat Jukipa helps to coordinate Indigenous Cultural Competency (ICC) workshops, as well as assist in the increased youth involvement in suicide prevention gatherings throughout Nunavut to implement the recommendations from the Nunavut Suicide Prevention Strategies (NSPS) current action plan, Inuusivut Anninaqtuq: Action Plan for 2017-2022. She also works part time at the Qimaavik Women’s Shelter, a home and safe space for women fleeing violence, and volunteers at the Nunavut Kamatsiaqtut help line.
Growing up in Iqaluit, Nunavut, Jukipa has experienced the all too common loss of friends, family, loved ones and community members to death by suicide and wants to help be a role model for the younger generation of Inuit and Nunavummiut alike, proving that you can break stereotypes and odds placed against you. Having recently graduated with a BAH. in Indigenous Studies with a minor in Psychology from Trent University, in Peterborough, Ontario, Canada Jukipa has hopes to work towards a Ph. D. in the field of health and wellness with hopes to further help her communities.