Thursday Panel: Indigenous Youth Speak Out!

7pm – Conversations with grassroots indigenous activists Jessica Yee and Melissa Elliott. Co-presented with the 2110 Centre For Gender Advocacy @ EV Amphitheater – 1515 Ste. Catherine West, Room, 1.605.
Jessica Yee is a self-described Indigenous feminist reproductive justice freedom fighter. 24 years old and Two-Spirited from the Mohawk Nation, Jessica is the founder and Executive Director of the Native Youth Sexual Health Network, a CanAmerica wide organization by youth and for youth. She has spent more than half her life mobilizing individuals, families, and communities alike to reclaim their ancestral rights to self-determine decisions over their own bodies and spaces.
Melissa Elliott is co-founder of Young Onkwehonwe United (YOU), a rising youth group at Six Nations that has been campaigning for a youth centre and a stronger youth voice in their community. She has also sat as the youth delegate on the Six Nations land claims negotiations team. Melissa is a strong advocate for Six Nations sovereignty and a nation-to-nation relationship between Six Nations and the Canadian State and its municipalities based on the Two Row Wampum Treaty.