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The Toronto Indigenous Youth Collective was formed from a group of Indigenous leaders working together to solve health inadequacies for urban Indigenous youth. Our projects are centered around making traditional knowledge and health resources accessible in Toronto.

 

 
 
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Members

 

Kaitlyn Adams 

Kaitlyn is Anishinaabe from Couchiching First Nation (Treaty 3.) Born and raised in Thunder Bay, Ontario, her interests in business and design led her to study Fashion Communication at Fanshawe College and soon after, Management at Ryerson University in Toronto. Today, she works for the Centre for Indigenous Theatre as a project coordinator and as the Youth Council Coordinator for the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle. She also sits on the Toronto Drug Strategy as a committee member as
well as an advisor for the Toronto Indigenous Overdose Strategy.

 

Alyssa Luttenberger

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Alyssa Luttenberger (Lakna’ Hatalposhik) is of mixed heritage, Chickasha Nation and Austrian. She is Turtle Clan and her spirit name, Lakna’ Halaposhik (Yellow Butterfly), speaks to her role as as a bringer of change, a listener and a mediator. She is an 28 year old youth with strong experience working in Toronto’s community. Alyssa is currently the Mino Maadziwin Program Coordinator in the ENAGB Youth Program at the Native Canadian Centre of Toronto. She is a strong advocate for the reclamation of our traditions, governance and cultures, in particular for urban Indigenous youth. She also advocates for the amplification of youth voices and supports youth-led and driven initiatives that provide Indigenous youth the space to make decisions about their own holistic wellness. Alyssa is a member of the LGBTQ2S community and has employment and leadership experience with a variety of agencies and services throughout the GTA.

 

Akeesha Footman

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Art and community is how I celebrate life. My lineage is in Manitou Rapids, in Treaty 3 Territory as well as Europe. I am marten clan and jingle dress dancer. Born and raised in Toronto, I have a deep love for the great lakes, its people and the land. Since 2011, I have been committed to working within community as a helper and advocate for Indigenous health equity, healing and wellness. I am a youth council member for the Toronto Indigenous Health Advisory Circle, Toronto Drug Strategy committee member as well as an advisor for the Toronto Indigenous Overdose Strategy.

 

Ashley Kagige

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Ashley Kagige (Naabowiyaa Wiigwaasyag) is an Anishinaabe mother and Registered Practical Nurse from Wiikwemkoong Unceded Indian Territory. She has resided in Toronto for her entire life. The birth of her only daughter inspired her to pursue a career in nursing with an emphasis on maternal/newborn health and wellbeing. She has many years of experience serving Toronto’s Indigenous community, most recently as the Aboriginal Healthy Babies Healthy Children Coordinator at the Native Women’s Resource Centre of Toronto. Her passion for health equity and community wellness allowed her this opportunity to learn and build with the Toronto Indigenous Youth Collective. 

 

Tasunke Sugar

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Tasunke Pejuta Sugar is a Lakota and Cree from Pine Ridge, South Dakota and Paipots, Saskatchewan, and has been living in Toronto for over ten years. Tasunke’s name is translated to Medicine Horse in the Lakota language. He is a father, a brother and an uncle who is committed to the wellbeing of his family, community, and nation. Tasunke is employed as a Youth Wellness Navigator working towards the wellbeing of youth aged 18-29. He is also the Kizhaay Anishnaane Niin (I am a Kind Man) Program Facilitator where he works with young men towards ending violence against women and children at the Toronto Council Fire Native Cultural Centre located in downtown Toronto. Tasunke is from a large family and grew up living back and forth from Pine Ridge and Regina switching homes from his father and his mother. Tasunke’s life revolved around his cultural practices, learning many traditions of the Lakota, Cree, and Anishnaabe people. He carry’s his cultural knowledge with him and is always keen on sharing it with others.

 

Daniella Robinson

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Daniella Robinson is a Bigstone Cree & Italian kwe who holds an M.Ed in Social Justice Education & Sexual Diversity Studies and is currently a PhD in Human Sexuality student at the California Institute of Integral Studies. Using expertise gained in this program, Daniella will be simultaneously pursing her lifelong dream of becoming a sex therapist and developing a series of sexual-wellness related tools for Indigenous women who have experienced sexual trauma. Daniella is passionate about all things sexuality and hopes to start new conversations during her time with the Toronto Indigenous Youth Collective.

 

Previous Members

Sam Kloetstra

Myles Jacko

Christian Wells

Devin Trottier

Cedar Landon