2017 EPC Nominee: Teagyn Vallevand

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Everyday Political Citizen Tuesday, October 31, 2017 View Count = 1302

2017 EPC Nominee: Teagyn Vallevand

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Teagyn Vallevand of Whitehorse, YK, was nominated by MP Larry Bagnell

I have chosen to nominate Teagyn Vallevand. Teagyn, Tlingit name Aatagwéix'i, is a 21 year old youth leader from Kwanlin Dun First Nations, and belongs the Crow Clan - Ganaxteidi crest.

Teagyn is the co-founder of Youth for Lateral Kindness. She along with her business partner Aurora Hardy, facilitate and run Lateral Violence Workshops and Blanket Exercises all over the territory. These lateral violence workshops are directed towards Indigenous youth and they address lateral violence - emotional and physical violence directed against one’s peers. The blanket exercise is an interactive exercise that tells the history of Canada from the indigenous perspective and offers an excellent means to encourage reconciliation and bridge the gap of understanding between indigenous and non-indigenous peoples. Teagyn and Aurora are often requested by First Nations Governments to do presentations on lateral violence at their annual general meetings. Youth For Lateral Kindness has been recognized on a national level by Cando, and Teagyn was among 6 youth from across Canada chosen to present on their National Youth Panel for October 2017.

She has served on the boards for Northern Cultural Expression Society, Skookum Jim Friendship Centre and the advisory committee for Our Voices. She is very involved in the community and her nation of Kwanlin Dun and sits as a member of their government’s Youth Advisory Council which offers recommendations to her First Nations on indigenous youth issues. When she has time, she can be found volunteering at many local events such as Blue Feather Music Festival, the Adaka Festival, and Yukon Native Hockey Tournament.

Teagyn is currently attending school at Yukon College, and works in my office on a part time basis. She is responsible for the coordination of my Constituency Youth Council which encourages youth to engage with the political system and provides me with feedback on the priorities of young Yukoners. 

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Samara's Everyday Political Citizen celebrates positive political role models and builds a culture of positive politics in Canada. Conducted coast-to-coast-to-coast, the contest aims to recognize the rich diversity of politics and democracy in Canada, crowdsourcing hundreds of nominations from Canadians like you. Read more about Everyday Political Citizen, see more nominations, or submit your own nomination.

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