My name is Chante Speidel and I am a grade 10 student at Aden Bowman Collegiate. I from originally from Sapotaweyak Cree First Nation, Manitoba and the Standing Rock Sioux Tribe, North Dakota but now I currently live in Whitecap First Nation. I am very passionate about my heritage and reconciliation for the future. Besides being a student, I am a jingle dress dancer, singer and powwow princess known as Miss Manito Ahbee. With my title, I represent Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women of Canada and wear ribbon skirts everyday in hopes to reconcile for this harsh topic. I one day hope to work in Indigenous law and be a leader in my community but also to become a strong activist on indigenous topics.
My name is Raina Buffalo Pechawis. I am in grade 10 and I attend the Aden Bowman Collegiate. I am from the Whitecap Dakota First Nation and very proud to be Indigenous! I have a passion and lifestyle of dancing Powwow, playing sports, drawing, and being involved with my culture. I love to attend ceremonies, Powwows, and feasts! My culture is a majority of me but I have other aspirations, and dreams too. I want to finish high school then go to university to become a Registered Nurse. My goal is to work in my community to help others in need. I found interest from my grandma and my mom who is currently in school to become a nurse.
My name is Zachary Digout. I was born and raised in Saskatoon and I am currently a grade ten student at Aden Bowman Collegiate. Growing up, I was very privileged. Instead of ignoring the issues plaguing our world, I searched for ways to end them. In grade seven I listened to Craig Kielburger, a world-renowned activist, present on the importance of working together to create change, locally and globally. Since then my passion to help others has only grown. I started and led a social justice club, spent a year in a social justice program called Collective Voice, and I continue to educate and inspire myself and those around me. I truly believe that we can all change the world, no matter our differences, because our differences make us powerful. This is why I want to dedicate my own future towards helping create a better future for those that will come after me.
My name is Andrew Batycki. I am in Grade 12 at Aden Bowman Collegiate and am part of the IB program. I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and have lived here my whole life. I went to elementary school in a small town and moved to Aden Bowman in grade 9. One of my passions is music and I enjoy playing saxophone and piano. I also enjoy singing. I am very passionate about the environment and in the future I want to work to help preserve and protect the environment.
Hi, my name is Elijah Tian Xing Ren. I am half Chinese, and half Norwegian/German. I am currently in grade 10 at Aden Bowman Collegiate. Throughout my childhood, I traveled back and forth to China many a time, and even lived in Japan for two years. I love reading because every time I open a book I learn something new about people, the world, and the environment around me. Some of my other passions include environmentalism, social justice, music (listening and playing), family, laughter, learning, teaching others, and sharing everything I can. I am a true believer that even the smallest steps towards something can help. In the future I want to fly…. not literally, but I’d like to be a pilot. It has always been something I wanted to do, but the future is open to infinite possibilities.
My name is Emilia Elliott and I am in Grade 12 in the International Baccalaureate program at Aden Bowman Collegiate. I am from Jasper, Alberta, but moved to Saskatoon at age 2. I am primarily Greek and Dutch and feel very much connected to both of those cultures. My interests lie in the realm of politics and environmental issues. My goal for the future is to be able to live in a world where those can go hand in hand.
I am Emma Zuck, born and raised in Saskatoon. I’m the Senior Co-President of Aden Bowman, a lover of writing, proud biracial person, a force to be reckoned with, and unapologetic in my support of youth resistance. I’ve learned the strongest activism requires room for healing, perseverance founded in mutual adversity, and using our mistakes as a means for growth. We are more than future leaders — we are today’s leaders; we are finding power in our perspective and purpose in our experiences. Our hope is by recognizing the past and activating the present, we will build a greater future. It’s not about whose voice is the loudest, or the most well-versed: it’s about knowing that those who have been silenced must, first and foremost, be heard.
Hey, I’m Joe Zuck. I’m half Chinese and half Ukrainian. I am in grade 12 at Aden Bowman and am part of the IB program. I enjoy tutoring and volunteering in my free time, as well as the playing the occasional video game. In the future, my goal is to get into engineering, because I find math and science intriguing. With engineering, I hope to create things that help people. And yes, Emma is my twin.
My name is Meagan Hong, I am in grade 12 and I go to Aden Bowman Collegiate. I am half Chinese, half Vietnamese and my family were refugees from Vietnam during the Vietnam War. Due to my passion towards the arts of all cultures and mediums, I have acquired a desire to use the arts capture the reason behind racial injustice. I want to take my art practice further than mere production and expression. I want to bridge cultures, heal discrimination, discover myself and connect people. I believe without a doubt that even without words, we can understand one another. And one way to do it would be the arts. Despite my focus in the visual and digital arts, I attempt to dive past my comfort zones and into the performing and musical arts to expose myself to the unknown; even if I do end up vulnerable. My goal in the future is to create a comic, get it published, and then turn it into an animation with my own hand.
My name is Rekha Whittaker. I am currently in grade 12 at Aden Bowman Collegiate. I’m originally from Jamaica, but I moved to Canada when I was 10. A few passions of mine include music. I love to play the violin and listening to music is a daily staple of mine. I also believe in the importance of having equality for all and striving for social justice. A goal of mine is to one day travel to at least one country in each continent.
My name is Kienan Ashton. I am a grade twelve student at Aden Bowman Collegiate in Saskatoon, although I originally hail from Yellowknife, the capital of the NWT. I serve as the team’s technical assistant. I’m passionate about a great many things, but chief among them are environmental issues and the many struggles faced by Canada’s indigenous people, particularly northern peoples like the Dene and Inuit. It is my hope that I will be able to pursue a career in law, and that by doing so I might be able to affect real change in the world.
My name is Germaine J. Roy, I’m 17 years old in grade twelve at the with a great personality and an open heart. I attend Cst. Robin Cameron Education Complex at Beardy’s and Okemasis Cree Nation. I come from a big family and I’m the fourth child of my parents. My family and friends are important to me. I love taking part in school and I aspire to be in the field of science. I love art, equality, slam poetry and meeting new people is a hobby. I’m Roman Catholic and I love background stories of art pieces. I have an obsession for sunflowers and daisies, and making people happy makes me happy.
My name is Lexi Mandes and I am 16 years old in grade 10 at Cst. Robin Cameron Education Complex. I really enjoy showing others who are younger than me how to play sports. I play volleyball, broom ball, and soccer. I also enjoy learning how to play other games. Sports have given me confidence and leadership skills. I enjoy being a part of a team.
My name is Jordan Redbear and my favourite colour is orange, like a sunset. I am in my last year of high school at Aden Bowman Collegiate. I was born on Whitecap Dakota Sioux first nation and am currently living there now. Today, I see a loss of Identity and confidence in expressing culture. My family, education/success, culture and my identity are very important to me. So, I empathize with other Indigenous peoples who are limited to being the best they can be by their lack of resources; I stand by the belief of everybody having equal rights, without limits due to historic and modern- day oppression. I joined E-journalism to be apart of something great; we are team full of inspired youth seeking to create change. I have been told that we are the generation that is going to make things happen, and I really believe it.
My name’s Ty Young, and I go to Aden Bowman Collegiate. I was born and raised in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, but I plan on moving to New York when I finish high school. I am a loud, shameless feminist, advocate for racial equality and decolonization, environmentalist, and proud queer man. I strongly believe that all of these issues have equal importance within our modern-day society and intend to do everything in my power to make positive change surrounding them. After I graduate I plan on taking film in university, and combining my love of movies and journalism to make content that reflects the importance of social justice.
My name is Danielle Kerr, and I attend Aden Bowman Collegiate. I was born in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan and have lived there for all 16 years of my life. My passions include Art and Travelling. Art has always been a huge part of my life from as long as I can remember. I find it as a way to express my emotions and beliefs. Travelling is not just a vacation on a beach for me; my favorite part of travelling is going into the small local towns to experience the day-to-day life and cultures. I love learning new customs and languages to broaden my world. My goal in the future is to pursue a career in the arts. I also want to make a change, as cheesy as it sounds, in our world. I believe it is very possible to have a world where there is peace and friendship. Where nations do stand together.