Tuesday September 01, 2015

Season Finale: Political Panel

Caitlin Tolley, Tyson Atleo and Gabrielle Fayant

Caitlin Tolley, Tyson Atleo and Gabrielle Fayant

There's a federal election in just a few weeks. The partisan ads have started to air, political pundits are weighing in, and pollsters are sharpening their pencils.

But, really, how relevant are politics to indigenous youth in 2015?

To help answer that question, host Lisa Charleyboy sat down with three people who have spent much of their young lives in the indigenous political trenches.

Tyson Atleo is the next in-line to hold a twenty-seventh generation hereditary chief seat for Ahousaht First Nation in BC, and is youngest elected official in Ahousaht's history. He's also the son of Shawn Atleo - former Assembly of First Nations (AFN) Chief.

Caitlin Tolley is Anishinabee from the community of Kitigan-Zibi in Quebec. She's worked as a youth representative for the AFN... and these days, she's the co-chair of the Aboriginal Peoples' Commission of the Liberal Party of Canada.

Métis organizer Gabrielle Fayant is the co-founder of the youth-led Assembly of Seven Generations and recipient of the 2015 the Indspire Métis Youth Award. She also sat on the Canadian Commission of UNESCO's Youth Advisory Group. 

We've also got stories from student organizer Max Fineday and activist Andrea Landrysharing their experiences in the indigenous political realm. 

So what are you waiting for? Click the 'listen' button above!