Resistance to Norms, Listening to Indigenous Youth Voices

Oct. 22, 1-4pm First Nations Longhouse, Musqueam Territory 1895 West Mall UBC

 Jessica Danforth, Native Youth Sexual Health Network

Jerilynn Webster, Youth Voice Leadership of Today

Ronnie Dean Harris, Youth Empowerment in Media Arts and Hip-hop


Jerilynn Webster

Youth Voice Leadership of Today

Jerilynn Webster is a Vancouver based female hip hop artist, beat-boxer, performing artist, aboriginal youth educator, single mother, award-winning actor, and member of the Nuxalk and Cayauga Nations who is “using [her] words to go upwards/not backwards.” She is an Idle No More organizer.

Ronnie Dean Harris

Youth Empowerment in Media Arts and Hip-hop

Ronnie Dean Harris is a Stō:lo/St’át’imc multimedia artist based in Vancouver, BC. In the past years he’s worked along side many amazing people on equally amazing projects. Most prominently as an actor and composer for APTN/Showcase dramatic series “Moccasin Flats” where he played a character named “Red” for two seasons. As a musician under the name Ostwelve, Ron has performed in numerous festivals and has opened for acts such as Guru, K’naan, Asbtract Rude and Snoop Dogg to name a few. In the last 10 years Ronnie has also been very active in facilitating and creating workshop programs for youth empowerment in media arts and hip-­‐hop.

 Jessica Danforth

Jessica Danforth is the Youth Co-ordinator for the National Indigenous Youth Council on HIV/AIDS and she is the North American co-chair for the Global Indigenous Youth Caucus at the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues.  She is a strong believer in the power of youth voice and agency, and you can see her writing on sites like Racialicious, or watch her monologues about activism and justice on TV Ontario. She is the editor of two books; “Sex Ed and Youth: Colonization, Communities of Color, and Sexuality” and “Feminism For Real: Deconstructing the Academic Industrial Complex of Feminism.”

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