Join us for a discussion about the significance of Orange Shirt Day with Alyssa Carpenter, of the Western Arctic Youth Collective; and Bobbi Rose Koe, of Dinjii Zhuh Adventures.
What is Orange Shirt Day?
This September 30 marks the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a call to action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. Orange Shirt Day is meant to honour the survivors and intergenerational survivors of the Residential School systems and the ongoing impacts of colonization in what is called Canada. Join us for an open and safe space for a discussion around what orange shirt day represents from an Indigenous youth perspective, what authentic allyship looks like, understanding why every child matters, and how to build meaningful relationships with Indigenous young people in the North.
Registration is required. In-person at NorhtLight Innovation, in the Outpost 31 Classroom.
Alyssa Carpenter was born and raised in the Western Arctic region of the Northwest Territories and identifies as Inuvialuit and Dene. She is a northern social worker that currently resides in Whitehorse, Yukon, with her partner and daughter. She completed a Bachelors of Social Work through Aurora College and Yukon University. A majority of her work experience is within the non-profit sector, working with various levels of government in both the Yukon and Northwest Territories, working primarily with Indigenous people and northern Indigenous youth. She is the leading founder and Project Director of the Western Arctic Youth Collective. Currently, she is also a Jane Glassco Northern fellow that is focusing on what it means to create safe spaces for Indigenous youth engagement strategies within wellness and suicide prevention initiatives in northern, remote, and isolated communities. She is also one of the youth representatives of Pauktuutit board of directors, a national organization of Inuit women in Canada.
Bobbi Rose Koe is Teetl’it Gwich’in (meaning People of the headwaters) raised in Fort McPherson, Northwest Territories. Now residing in Whitehorse, Yukon. She was raised by her grandparents Rosemary & Abraham Koe, and Dorothy & Robert Alexie Snr, and the community. Starting at a young age, she travelled all throughout the Gwich’in Country. She found her passion for the Gwich’in way of life; the culture, traditions, values, stories, history and people by just being out on the land with her family and friends- where she feels at home and living her best life. She is always learning, and loves to teach with an open heart to anyone who wants to learn. Bobbi Rose is known for her stories, her laughter, her passion and care for each and every person she meets.