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Indigenous Innovators: Calling on Community Allies

June 13, 2017

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This podcast episode is a part of Animikii’s multimedia Indigenous Innovators series, in which we profile Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today.

This third podcast episode of the series centres on a discussion with Animikii’s Producer, Jordyn, Animikii’s Front-End Developer, Dakota, and the Inuit student and activist from Baker Lake, Trina Qaqqaq. Animikii first learned of Trina’s activism through the passionate and thoughtful speech that she delivered in the Canadian House of Commons as part of the Daughters of the Vote initiative. We shared an impactful quote from Trina's speech as part of our Indigenous Innovators series and the post gained wide traction from our online followers and outside Animikii's networks. Realizing that her message was resonating with our audience, Trina soon reached out to Animikii to talk to us about her growing online initiative called, ᑐᕼᐋᖓ Tuhaanga Hear Me, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ Nunavut (Tuhaanga) that aims to share stories of life in the North. Animikii and Trina have been working together since then to develop some joint projects and to share experiences. 

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"I was calling out the people that can make change - Trudeau what are you doing? I wish I put his name directly in there because that's who I was calling on." 

- Trina Qaqqaq

Trina is currently a student of Business Administration and Human Resource Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Her presence as an Inuit activist is growing and we look forward to supporting her in any way we can - at the very least, following what is sure to be a long and passionate career in activism.

In this episode, Jordyn, Dakota, and Trina discuss what it means to be an effective ally to Inuit Peoples. They discuss issues of identity and belonging, particularly as it relates to being a Northern Inuit person living and working in the Southern Canadian context. The trio takes a deeper look at Trina’s motivations for joining the activism space and talks about what she hopes to accomplish with her growing projects. Trina speaks clearly and passionately about issues that Northern Canadians face and she provides important insight for all Southern Canadians to consider.

Article published June 13, 2017.

June 13, 2017

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