Below we highlight some of our past grant recipients and the projects they have completed!
Travel and Workshops
Métis graduate student Jessica Schaub grew up far from the sea, in the prairies, but since she was in elementary school she knew she wanted to study the ocean. She is now a graduate student at UBC and receives the Youth Leadership Fund to travel to schools in the Canadian Arctic. During her visits, she uses her knowledge of the ocean to relate science and Indigenous knowledge for youth, and to promote Indigenous voices in STEM.
Albums and Travel
Meet Rudegang Entertainment; an Afro-Indigenous Hip Hop & Multimedia group hell bent on sharing authentic Hip Hop and Dope Content on the Regular. A Collective of four Talented Indigenous Artists (Hope, Doobie, Onata & Mamarudegyal MTHC), Rudegang Entertainment place a high value on Integrity and Authenticity in all they do. In 2014, Mamarudegyal MTHC teamed up with close friends and fellow Indigenous Hip Hop artists "Status Krew" to make Rudegang Entertainment an Official Entity on the Vancouver Hip Hop Scene, later joined by talented indigenous beat maker Onata. "We use our platform to speak power into BIPOC & Marginalized Communities at every opportunity."
Everything's The Same EP
Evan Redsky is a singer-songwriter from Mississaugi First Nation. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Evan applied for a grant to finish an EP called “Everything’s The Same.” Listen to Evan Redsky on spotify
Music Video Projects
Dakota Bear (Dakk’One) is Plains Cree from Treaty 6 territory in Saskatchewan. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Dakota applied for a grant to help make 2 music videos. The first video is called Dirty Laundry, and the second video made is called Lullaby. Listen to Dakk’One on spotify
Casey Desjarlais is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Casey applied for funds to help support her business, 30604 Apparel. Casey states that it isn’t just a clothing brand, it is a movement that they are creating. With the funds they were able to collaborate, networks, and empower others to embrace their culture in a contemporary way.
National Urban Inuit Youth Council Gathering
Joshua Stribbell is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Johs is the president of the Nation Urban Inuit Youth Council and the fund was one of their first supporters. With the funding, they were able to take a trip to Montreal to engage with the Southern Inuit Youth Council. Their goal is to strengthen the relationship between Northern and Southern communities. The fund helped to begin planning an exchange between Arviat and Toronto.
Indigenous Poets Society
Kevin Wesaquate is from Piapot First Nation located in Treaty 4. He is a recipient of a Project Grant from the Samuel Family Connected North Youth Leadership Fund. Kevin applied for funding support for his organization called the Indigenous Poets Society which is a group of writers, spoken word artists, community advocates that come together and do spoken word poetry jams. Learn more about the Indigenous Poets Society