Meet the Calgary Laureates
Thomas Dymond, 2017 Indspire Award recipient
Mi’kmaq, Bear River First Nation, Nova Scotia
Thomas received both his undergraduate degree and Master of Science in Kinesiology at Memorial University of Newfoundland and is currently a student at Queen’s University’s School of Medicine.
Thomas was the Youth Representative at the St. John’s Native Friendship Centre, and has been involved with the Memorial University Student Union as the Aboriginal Students’ Representative, where he advocated for equitable treatment for Indigenous students on campus. He currently sits on the Indigenous Health Interest Group Executive at Queen’s University.
Gabrielle Fayant, 2015 Indspire Award recipient
Métis, Lac St. Anne Métis Settlement, Alberta
Gabrielle Fayant is the co-founder of the Assembly of Seven Generations (A7G), an Indigenous non-profit youth-led organization. Most recently she was appointed by Minister Carolyn Bennett as a youth advisor for the Indigenous Youth Voices Initiative.
Gabrielle is also the access producer, writer and host of the TV show, Noongom, meaning today in Anishinabemowin, that highlights today’s realities of Indigenous peoples. She is also the co-host and producer of the Michif Hour on CKCU FM, a radio show that talks about Métis history and contemporary issues while exploring Métis artists, past and present.
Maatalii Okalik, 2017 Indspire Award recipient
Inuk, Nunavut, Inuit Nunangat
As President of the National Inuit Youth Council, Maatalii Okalik promoted Inuit languages, cultures, suicide prevention, education, empowerment, and reconciliation. She has spoken at Canada’s Parliament addressing the Senate Standing Committee on Indigenous Affairs, at United Nations forums, and actively engages Inuit youth and global citizens online.
Maatalii is currently the Chief of Protocol with the Department of Executive and Intergovernmental Affairs for the Government of Nunavut. Most recently she was appointed by Minister Carolyn Bennett as a youth advisor for the Indigenous Youth Voices Initiative.
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