Meet Our Youth Advisory Committee

Tuesday, June 10, 2014

All year long, the Canadian Museum for Human Rights (CMHR) Youth Advisory Committee members provide advice and feedback in the development of diverse areas of the Museum, such as, youth engagement, visitor experience, and educational programming. Let me introduce those who help ensure that the youth perspective is incorporated into the Museum’s operations and programs.

April Slater, 29, from Winnipeg: “As an aboriginal woman, I feel that the challenges, barriers and conflicts I see on a daily basis have motivated me to take action and join the youth committee for human rights. I feel that sharing my voice with the committee will help guide and shed light on the underlying issues that perhaps not all Canadians are aware of, or simply turn a blind eye to.”

Justin L’Arrivee, 19, from Winnipeg: “I'm a student at the University of Winnipeg. I've studied Indigenous history and Religion and Culture among other things. I'm still not declared! I'm also employed as graphic designer for a local company. I'm excited to be on the Youth Advisory Committee because it allows me to use both my knowledge of design and marketing as well as my understanding of indigenous history. I'm thankful to be a part of something so progressive as the CMHR and I can't wait to see what happens when the programming starts!” 

Samantha Cacnio, 27, from Vancouver: “I have a journalism and communications background and want to use my skills to contribute to the advancement of human rights in Canada and the world. I recently completed an overseas internship in Zambia where I worked for a gender-focused NGO which contributes towards sustainable human development in rural areas of the country. I’m excited to be part of the Youth Advisory Committee and hope to engage my fellow youth to also be passionate about human rights issues and what the Museum is doing.” 

Teekca Spence, 20, from Winnipeg: “I am a First Nation student attending the University of Manitoba. I wanted to be on the committee because I feel I have valuable input and would be helpful. Human rights are important to me because we came a long way as Aboriginal people and we aren’t done yet!”

Andrew Chudley, 21, from Winnipeg: “I am a second year business student at the Asper School of Business with a strong focus on ethics. In my spare time I play drums with many Winnipeg music groups.”

Tyler Morden, 26, from Toronto: “I am a social worker based in Toronto working primarily on LGBTTQ* issues, migration issues, and violence. I also love avocados, cats and my bicycle.”

Danielle Otto, 23, from Winnipeg: “I live in downtown Winnipeg. I am hoping to study law and public health. I want to be on the Youth Advisory Committee to make sure the perspective of young women with disabilities is visible in the museum. The Youth Advisory Committee is a group of diverse, engaged youth from across Canada and Manitoba. If youth want to get involved in human rights they should follow the news to find issues they care about, then look online to find NGOs working on those issues. Volunteer for them.”

Sylvie Michaud, 22, from Winnipeg: “I am a recent graduate of the University of Ottawa’s Conflict Studies and Human Rights program. I joined the Youth Advisory Committee in an attempt to use my skills to make a meaningful contribution to a cause I fundamentally believe in.”

Caitlin Eliasson, 26, from Winnipeg: “I studied Conflict Resolution and English at the University of Winnipeg and am presently completing a Master's degree in Cultural Studies at McMaster University. As part of Youth Advisory Committee, I support a museum inclusive of diverse ways of knowing and voicing what it means to be human and have human rights. I care about the stories people have to tell.” 

Richard Bangs, 25, from Winnipeg: “I am a Master's student, soon to be graduating, from Political Science at the University of Ottawa. My interests are in international relations, racism, and human rights. I also have experience working on challenges facing aboriginal communities at the department of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada. I hope to positively contribute to the public discourse on human rights by interacting with other like-minded young people in the Youth Advisory Committee.”

Janna Barkman, 25, from Winnipeg: "I work with a diversity of youth at various capacities to live their rights.  This includes experiential nature-based social work, global issues curriculum design, and fostering sustainability, to teaching music, dance, and yoga.  I have a Masters in Sustainable Development Practice and currently work as a youth program coordinator at Fort Whyte."

Élise Paetkau, 22, from Winnipeg: “I am from Winnipeg. I am finishing my degree in Conflict Resolution Studies at the University of Winnipeg this December. I initially joined the committee because it was a great opportunity to promote human rights in Canada and in our city. The museum has provided us with the opportunity to actively participate in the creation of programs and that keeps me here.”

We are very thankful to all members of the Youth Advisory Committee for their commitment to human rights. Their hard work is helping to ensure the Museum meets its goals of creating an inspiring and engaging experience for all our visitors, young and old. Currently, there are no vacancies on the Youth Advisory Committee, but we invite you to stay connected as we will announce new opportunities in late Fall 2014.  Join the conversation online through our Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter or Google+ channels.

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