Young Indigenous Innovators Panel – Potash Corp.
PotashCorp’s Young Indigenous Innovators Panel
UPDATE: The WIBF Youth Planning Committee has chosen the following people to be on PotashCorp’s Young Indigenous Innovators Panel for the date of August 24th, 2016 from 11:30-1:30pm.
Chantal Hounjet, Owner – Fresh Living, Co-founder – The Princess Shop
Chantal Hounjet combines a love for her community with a flair for business. She is known for co-founding The Princess Shop as well as her company, Fresh Living. The Princess Shop celebrates its 9th year of operations and Fresh Living has become the official sponsor of the organizations mentorship program (Fairy Godmother Program). Under Chantal’s leadership, Fresh Living has grown to become the largest home staging and eco-friendly cleaning company in Saskatoon. Fresh Living was a SABEX Award finalist in 2014 for Customer Service, and also in 2015 for Customer Service as well as New Business Venture. That same year, Chantal expanded the company, opening up a second location in Grande Prairie, Alberta.
This ‘momtrepreneur’ is involved with many community organizations including Habitat for Humanity, and currently sits on the board for the Saskatoon Fashion and Design Festival. In March 2016, Chantal was named one of CBC’s future 40 under 40 and on May 26, 2016 she accepted the YWCA Women of Distinction award for Entrepreneurship.
Tenille Campbell, Poet, PHD Student
Tenille Campbell is a Dene/Metis author and photographer from English River First Nation in Northern Saskatchewan. She completed her MFA in Creative Writing from UBC and is currently starting her fourth year of PhD studies at the University of Saskatchewan, focusing on Indigenous Literature. She is the owner and photographer of sweetmoon photography, a successful photography business that specializes in photographing Indigenous people. She has recently published poetry in “Sing: Poetry from the Indigenous Americas” (Ed. Allison Hedge Coke), and photography in “Urban Tribe” and “Dreaming in Indian” (Eds. Mary Beth Leatherdale and Lisa Charleyboy). Storytelling – be it with ink, voice or photographs – seems to be the life for her. Current creative projects include #KissingIndigenous, a photography series focusing on the act of intimacy within Indigenous couples (one partner must identify as Indigenous/everything else open) as well as Indian Love Poems, a poetry collection that delves into the humour and truths of love and dust within Indigenous communities. She is also the creator of tea&bannock, an online collective blog featuring the photographs and stories of Indigenous women photographers throughout Canada. Tenille’s work consistently challenges the visual and written stereotypes regarding Indigenous people within Canada.
Jack Saddleback, Executive Member – University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union
Jack Saddleback – Jack Saddleback is a Cree twospirit transgender gay man from the Samson Cree Nation in Maskwacis, Alberta. Growing up as a genderqueer child, he faced bullying and discrimination at school and in his community. He was diagnosed with severe depression at the age of 14 and struggled for years to reach a stage of recovery. He eventually came out as transgender at the age of 18 after his battle with suicidal thoughts and depression. With the help of conventional therapy in conjunction with traditional Cree ceremonies that place a holistic lens on recovery, he was able to overcome his depression. Jack attributes his recovery to his family, and their dedication to helping him recover from mental illness. Jack’s love for his family has empowered him to take an active role in creating change for other youth dealing with mental health problems. As an executive member of the University of Saskatchewan Students’ Union, Jack works within student governance to promote mental health among undergrad students. Along with mental health activism, he advocates for gender and sexual diversity issues, two-spirit issues, and HIV & AIDS. He understands that all people need to speak up and inspire one another to take charge of their own recovery
Dr. Jaris Swidrovich, Pharmacist – Yellowquill First Nation
Jaris Swidrovich – Dr. Jaris Swidrovich is a member of Yellow Quill First Nation and is the first self-identified First Nations doctor of pharmacy in Canada.
He is passionate about aboriginal health and is working with various faculty members at the University of Saskatchewan to assist with indigenizing the school’s curricula. He is currently a lecturer at the College of Pharmacy and Nutrition at the U of S, the creator and chair of a national aboriginal health pharmacist specialty network, and the former president of a provincial pharmacy association.
His current community work and volunteerism includes being a member of the City of Saskatoon’s cultural diversity and race relations committee; serving as a director on the Sanctum Care Group board; and a pharmacist/mentor at a student-run health clinic in Saskatoon’s core, called SWITCH.
Since becoming a pharmacist in 2010, he has been recognized with a New Practitioner Award from two provincial, and one national, pharmacy associations and co-received a national Patient Care Enhancement Award.