Sierra Nowegejick, Pic River First Nation, ON
Sierra is a young Ojibwa woman of Pic River First Nation, residing in Thunder Bay, Ontario. Sierra recently graduated high school, and is enrolled in her first year of post-secondary at Lakeland University. Sierra is acknowledged a natural leader, one who is able to bridge the gaps between Aboriginal and Non-Aboriginal youth in her community. She has been an active Friendship Center Youth Council member since 2009, and is currently the Youth Council President. She has worked tirelessly in this time with the youth in creating and developing programs that help youth empower themselves in making good decisions regarding life choices, while facilitating many sharing circles and youth retreats for her peers. Sierra also has an entrepreneurial spirit, and dreams of opening a store in Thunder bay that would provide a retail center for young local Aboriginal artists to sell their hand crafted jewelry, apparel, artwork, and traditional handicrafts. As a starting point, Sierra currently runs beading workshops and inspires young people to further themselves through their creative talents. It came as no surprise to those who know Sierra that she was awarded the "Community Involvement Award” at the Northwestern Ontario Aboriginal Youth Achievement and Recognition Awards. Sierra is the youngest person to ever participate in the National Youth Panel, and offers a truly fresh perspective on the challenges facing Aboriginal Youth today. With a zest for life, sparkling personality and awareness of the key issues and challenges surrounding youth in her community, Sierra is a truly unique young person who will put a smile on your face, inspiration in your heart and hope for a brighter future for Aboriginal Youth.Coming Soon.