Trina QaqqaqIn, Inuit Activist, talks with Jordyn and Dakota about what it means to be an effective ally to Inuit Peoples. They discuss issues of identity and belonging, particularly as it relates to being a Northern Inuit person living and working in the Southern Canadian context. The trio takes a deeper look at Trina’s motivations for joining the activism space and talks about what she hopes to accomplish with her growing projects. Trina speaks clearly and passionately about issues that Northern Canadians face and she provides important insight for all Southern Canadians to consider.
Animikii first learned of Trina’s activism through the passionate and thoughtful speech that she delivered in the Canadian House of Commons as part of the Daughters of the Vote initiative. We shared an impactful quote from Trina's speech as part of our Indigenous Innovators series and the post gained wide traction from our online followers and outside Animikii's networks. Realizing that her message was resonating with our audience, Trina soon reached out to Animikii to talk to us about her growing online initiative called, ᑐᕼᐋᖓ Tuhaanga Hear Me, ᓄᓇᕗᑦ Nunavut (Tuhaanga) that aims to share stories of life in the North. Animikii and Trina have been working together since then to develop some joint projects and to share experiences.
"I was calling out the people that can make change - Trudeau what are you doing? I wish I put his name directly in there because that's who I was calling on."
- Trina Qaqqaq
Animikii’s Indigenous Innovators series features Indigenous leaders, activists, artists and entrepreneurs to better understand the challenges and opportunities Indigenous Peoples face in Canada today.
Trina is currently a student of Business Administration and Human Resource Management at Sir Sandford Fleming College in Peterborough, Ontario. Her presence as an Inuit activist is growing and we look forward to supporting her in any way we can - at the very least, following what is sure to be a long and passionate career in activism.
Jordyn Hrenyk is a Dean’s List graduate of the Gustavson School of Business at the University of Victoria. She holds a Bachelor of Commerce degree from 2015. Jordyn’s professional background is in Indigenous entrepreneurship education research and curriculum design; specifically, in supporting Indigenous entrepreneurs in the development and execution of their business and project ideas. Jordyn is Métis and white and is a member of Métis Nation Saskatchewan, Local #7.Article published June 13, 2017.