Branches brings in new Student Ambassadors!

This year, Branches (McGill’s Community Outreach Program) hired two new student ambassadors. It is the first year Branches has hired ambassadors, and they will be helping in creating sustained relationships with Indigenous communities and helping empower younger students to engage in education. The two ambassadors this year are Amanda and Leon!

Amanda is a third-year BCL/JD student at the McGill Faculty of Law. Her grandmother was from Pikwakanagan First Nation, and her grandfather was a member of the Ontario Métis Nation. Originally from Thunder Bay, Ontario, she moved to Montreal during high school. Prior to studying law, she obtained a DEC in Liberal Arts from John Abbott College. One of her favourite parts of law school has been the opportunity to study Indigenous legal traditions and the relationship between the Canadian State and Indigenous peoples. Amanda is excited and very grateful to have the chance to broaden her understanding of Canada’s Indigenous communities by working at Branches.

As an Indigenous Ambassador, Amanda will be supporting Branches’ outreach programs, both by working on existing projects and creating new programming. She is especially looking forward to incorporating an Indigenous perspective, and involving Indigenous communities, in her work. 

Leon is Coast Salish from the Kwantlen First Nation, and is studying at the Desautels Faculty of Management pursuing a Bachelor of Commerce with a major in strategic management, a concentration in information systems, and a minor in Indigenous studies. Having been able to discover more about his Indigenous heritage through various courses in the Indigenous studies program at McGill, he has been able to extend and refine his existing knowledge and gain a greater view of Indigenous nations as a whole. Currently based in Richmond, BC due to the COVID-19 pandemic, he has been able to continue his studies at McGill in his home community, while having the chance to meet community leaders through his sister, Atheana Picha, who is a practicing Coast Salish artist in Vancouver.

Being a part of the Branches Program, as well as the Welcome Centre, Leon will be working on various projects throughout the year including the redevelopment of McGill tours through the inclusion of Indigenous content, as well as various outreach and recruitment projects ranging from podcasts, to webinars, to panels.

To learn more about Branches and what they do, be sure to check out their webpage. We are so excited to see what the new ambassadors will be up to this year! 

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