National Youth Panel
The National Youth Panel will be brought forth in an effort to showcase Aboriginal youth. Each year Cando selects six Aboriginal youth participants to form the National Youth Panel, a signature event at the Annual National Conference. The selections for the National Youth Panel are based on their strengths, initiatives, accomplishments, entrepreneurial spirit, and participation within their communities.
Congratulations to this year's National Youth Panelists!
L-R: Chantel Wilson, Carl Archie, Robert Beamish, Dakota Lightning, Jordan Peterson, & Sarah Wood. Credit: Archbould Photography
Carl is an important advocate for Indigenous youth in business; as a graduate of Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, BC, Carl has had the opportunity to help shape several important projects in Indigenous business that have come from CBU. For instance, Carl helped to develop Canada’s first post-secondary textbook on Indigenous Business as a student; he is also a mentor for Indigenous high school students in the In.Business program (also based at CBU at the Purdy Crawford Chair in Aboriginal Business Studies).
While Carl used to work in banking, he quickly realized that was not what he wanted for his career and switched to community consulting. He now works with Urban Systems Ltd. in Kamloops, BC as a consultant for First Nation communities across the country. He specializes in commercial land development, business and economic planning and community consultation and facilitation.
Robert has a passion for international business and travel. After completing an international exchange in Madrid, Spain in 2013, Robert ventured out of Canada’s borders yet again in 2014 - this time to Asia. In 2014, Robert lived and worked in Hong Kong, at the Hong Kong Canadian Chamber of Commerce. He currently works as an Analyst at TD Commercial bank in Vancouver, but he is also the Co-founder and Business Development Manager of Anokasan Capital. As an organization, Anokasan exists to build relationships between Indigenous Peoples and East Asian investors. Robert loves to travel, volunteer, play sports and write.
Robert is Métis and Irish on his father’s side and Indigenous Jamaican and African Jamaican on his mother’s side. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Economics (Hons) with a specialization in International Trade from the University of Waterloo. Robert was always committed to his university’s Aboriginal Education Centre; he continues to show devotion to Indigenous business development through his work at Anokasan and through his volunteer commitments.
Dakota is passionate about using technology to uplift Indigenous business and Communities; he currently works at Animikii Indigenous Technology based on Songhees Nation, Victoria BC. Through his work at Animikii, Dakota gets to create, develop and help launch beautiful and functional digital projects that support the social, cultural, educational, health, and economic well-being of Indigenous Communities and organizations.
Dakota believes that Indigenous Canadians - especially youth - can find their passion in technology. He hopes to be a part of the movement to bring more technology into classrooms to help Indigenous children thrive in the technological age.
Jordan has really dedicated his life to his Communities and has worked for many years in Community Governance, particularly on creating opportunities for Indigenous youth. Jordan was selected for the Jane Glassco Northern Fellowship - a prestigious leadership development opportunity. In 2015 and into 2016 Jordan was also involved in the planning and operations of the Gwich’in Academic Conference.
Jordan is passionate about creating strong Northern communities that truly benefit Northerners and he has been heavily involved in his own Community. He has acted on the Gwich’in Regional Youth Council, coordinated the Gwich’in Elder and Youth Forum and the Gwich’in Education forum and he now acts as the elected Vice President of the Gwich’in Tribal Council in Inuvik, Northwest Territories.
Chantel is a successful, Waywayseecappo entrepreneur and a single parent. She owns and operates Our Native Exquisite, producing custom, hand-stitched, traditional mocassins, mukluks and mitts for customers all over the world. Not only is she a talented artist and entrepreneur, Chantel is also a gifted teacher! She shares her knowledge of traditional crafting in workshops open to the public through her business, Our Native Exquisite.
Chantel has spent the last few years of her life dedicated to learning all she can about entrepreneurship and business management. In June of 2014, Chantel participated in the Alberta Aboriginal Youth Entrepreneur Camp; this camp really sparked her interest in entrepreneurship and she has been growing her business sustainably ever since. Check out Chantel’s work at Our Native Exquisite on Facebook, MuklukMaker on Twitter - or better yet, come to hear Chantel speak on our 12th Annual National Youth Panel this October in Whitehorse, Yukon!
Download Chantel's presentation here.
Sarah Wood is an Anishinaabe kwe from Barrie, ON, and a member of Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation. She is currently completing her Master’s in Development Practice in Indigenous Development at the University of Winnipeg. Her academic interests include Indigenous feminisms, urban Indigenous experiences, and Indigenous women’s health, and is currently completing a field placement where she will research the topic of birth in First Nations communities. Sarah completed a Bachelor of Arts in International Development Studies with an emphasis in Gender and Development at the University of Guelph in 2014 where she also served as co-chair of the Aboriginal Student Association. She has also worked and volunteered for various urban Aboriginal organizations primarily with youth and their families.
Download Sarah's presentation here.
To learn about past National Youth Panelists please visit National Youth Panel page