Anishnaabe-kwe from the chippewas of Georgina island
Indigenous Studies and Business Administration, Trent University
Aaniin, my name is Jaden, I am from the Chippewas of Georgina Island but have lived in Curve Lake First Nation since I was a child. I recently completed my fifth year at Trent University where I was completing a double major in Indigenous Studies and Business Administration.
I have an array of certificates I have completed, some of which include Indigenous Canada through the University of Alberta, Restorative Justice Guiding Principles for Communities and Organizations, and Mental Health First Aid.
I have also participated in a variety of clubs at Trent, these include being the Vice President for TUNA (Trent University Native Association), Vice President for Gzowski Cabinet, Finance and Co-Chair for Relay for Life, and the Indigenous Student Commissioner through the TCSA Board of Directors. During my time at Trent, I had the opportunity to take an Indigenous Peoples of Mexico course where I was able to study abroad in Mexico as well as take a sustainability leadership course where I studied in South Africa.
Through this I was able to explore my interests in sustainability and Indigenous Peoples outside of Canada and explore the similarities between Indigenous Peoples in Canada and Mexico and see the long-lasting impacts of colonialism across the world.
My interests outside of work include spending time with friends and family, going to country concerts, travelling (I have been to 13 countries), learning, spending time with my dog, and enjoying the outdoors and time at the lake. My career related interests include wanting to help Indigenous communities across Canada, implement solutions for the systemic and colonial issues Indigenous Peoples continue to face, and to try and fix our judicial system.
A saying I live by is to “Be afraid and do it anyway.” So, in case you needed to hear it, be afraid and do it anyway.
--Double major (5th year), Indigenous Studies and Business Administration
--Restorative Justice Guiding Principles for Communities and Organizations
--Mental Health First Aid
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