Chevaun Toulouse

Environment Team Member

Anishnaabe-kwe from sagamok Anishnawbek

Spirit Statement

My spirit comes from the land I grew up on, its inhabitants and my family. Growing up on Sagamok Anishnawbek, most of my youth was spent trying to catch turtles and snakes in the swamp.  This sparked my interest in the environment.  

My grandmother was a farmer, residential school survivor, school bus driver, and business owner.  My grandfather was a hunter, trapper, business owner and Chief of Sagamok Anishnawbek.   My family has always been active leaders in the community.  My great grandfather, my grandfather, and my uncle all have held the position of Chief, and their ambition, hard work and dedication to their community have provided me with the aspiration to make a difference and contribute to my community.  My parents and family showed me what being a hard working, ambitious Indigenous person means.

I hope to continue gaining experience in the field of conservation.  Why am I passionate about conservation?  I have a reverence for nature, I desire to help wildlife in any way I can, I wish to preserve all species and it offers me the opportunity to set an example for the youth of my community.

 

In more simple terms, I wish to take care of the land as our First Nation ancestors have since time immemorial.

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