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Livestream Q&A between Shaelyn Wabegijig (youth activist) and the highschool students that are part of the Youth Leadership in Sustainability program.

Shaelyn is part of the cohort of youth suing the Ontario Government for their inaction on climate change. Full bio below.

To sign the petition Shaelyn references in this talk visit: https://www.support.ecojustice.ca/page/91872/petition/1?ea.tracking.id=Email_2021_11_23_BreakingNews&utm_medium=email&utm_source=engagingnetworks&utm_campaign=bn_2021.11.23&utm_content=2021.11.23+BN+Ontario+targets+advocacy+launch+A&ea.url.id=5612641&forwarded=true

Shaelyn Wabegijig, (kwe/she/her) is a 24 year old member of the Algonquin Anishinaabe Nation, Caribou Clan. Her family is from Timiskaming First Nation, Irish and German, and she grew up in Mnjikaning, Rama First Nation. She has been living in Nogojiwanong/Peterborough since she started at Trent University in 2014, later receiving her undergraduate honours degree in Inidgenous Studies and Philosophy. She has worked with multiple Indigenous-environmental and sustainability organizations, including Biish Maadziwin, Plenty Canada and TRACKS Youth Program. She currently works at the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) as the Program and Outreach Coordinator, and project coordinator for the Sustainable Development Goals project, centering Indigenous Leadership and prioritizing leaving no one behind (March 2020-2021), and currently for KWIC's local Gender Equality  project (March 2021-2022). Her experience suing the Ontario Government for their inaction on climate change, being part of the Sacred Water Circle, being a board member for GreenUP, and other engagements are important experiences that she continues to learn from.

Cam Douglas grew up in Etobicoke, went to university in Waterloo, lived on the BC coast for 5 years and has made his home in Nogojiwanong for the past 20 years.  He has taught with the Kawartha Pine Ridge School Board for the past 17 years and his focus in class has always been on helping youth find their place and voice within the myriad of planetary challenges unfolding. In 2018 he founded the Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) program that helps provide grade 11 and 12 students the confidence and opportunity to connect with and advocate for a more sustainable planet and community.  Cam also plays an active role in local municipal issues, especially those focused on biodiversity protection and transportation.  He looks forward every January to watching the invigorating range of ReFrame films with his students and family.

Youth Leadership in Sustainability (YLS) is an innovative experiential-learning program based in Peterborough, Ontario that prepares grade 11 and 12 students for leadership roles in sustainability initiatives at the local and global levels. The YLS program takes us into our forests, communities, and the larger region! Our hands-on learning experiences outside and within the traditional classroom are rich and incorporate teachings from Indigenous and global perspectives.YLS is a Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board program in partnership with Trent University, the Kawartha World Issues Centre (KWIC) and Fleming College.