2015 EPCitizen nominee: Gabrielle Fayant

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Everyday Political Citizen Wednesday, August 12, 2015 View Count = 1501

2015 EPCitizen nominee: Gabrielle Fayant

EPCitizen buttonThe Everyday Political Citizen project celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast to coast to coast, the EPCitizen project aims to recognize the diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowd-sourcing hundreds of nominations for political citizens. Read more about the project here, see more 2015 nominations here and submit your own here.

gabrielleNominee: Gabrielle Fayant

Nominator: Sanjay Mohant

City: Ottawa

Gabrielle's story really starts from the bottom. She grew up in severe poverty, thinking that she wasn't smart enough or rich enough to attend university to winning a 2015 Indspire award, co-founder of a youth-led and youth-driven organization called Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G) and Program Manager of an economic youth program called ReachUp! She even hosts a new TV show called Noongom, which will help capture to lives of Indigenous youth today. People often describe Gabrielle as a leader who stands with the people not on a pedestal. Gabrielle does many things within her community to singing, drumming, and dancing (with a female drum group called Spirit Flowers and as backup for a men’s drum group called Ottawa River Singers) to story telling and youth empowerment workshops. She also sees the bigger picture which is engage non-Indigenous people to a better understanding of her own story and the collective story of Indigenous people in Canada through public speaking, sharing circles and interactive historical workshops. 

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