Episode Two: Embracing Wahkotowin with Elliott Young

Identity and heritage. These are important themes for NorQuest staff member, Elliott Young, a Nehiyaw (Cree) from Ermineskin Cree Nation. Elliott is working on his master's in community engagement at the University of Alberta and he is part of the team helping NorQuest College implement its Indigenous strategy.
We talk about...
  • the role of community engagement in bringing the voices of vulnerable or marginalized to the table
  • why Elliott chose to study community engagement to complement his undergrad in Native studies and his background in policy development
  • exploring what it means to be Indigenous and post-colonial approaches to engagement. Nothing about us without us.
  • the meaning of Wahkotowin – we are all related – not just as people, but to everything and how it leads to a wholistic approach of looking 7 generations ahead
  • walking in multiple worlds (Indigenous and non-Indigenous) and being able to survive in both 
  • the wisdom of pacing yourself in your educational journey 
  • the importance of having a supportive family, workplace and supervisor
Learn more about Elliott and the team at NorQuest College’s Indigenous Student Services Centre 
Learn more about Dr. Rob McMahon’s project, We are all related , that uses Augmented Reality to integrate Indigenous knowledge
Learn more the University of Alberta MACE Program
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