Miskogwan Gegek Ndishnikaaz. Wanamani Saa'ikanink ndoonji. Baawating ndishitaa. Kwinkwa'aake ndoodem. I am Metis ayakwe born in Red Lake, Ontario. Stories my grandmother told me of the all-Indigenous-run silk screen company called the Triple-K Cooperative were my first introduction to thinking about how communities create the conditions to enable individuals like Norval Morrisseau to succeed. I was introduced to systems thinking during my time in the Studio Y fellowship at the MaRS Discovery District in Toronto. This allowed me to describe and analyze my ideas in new ways. While I attended the fellowship, I continued to travel North to participate in ceremony on the land. Ceremony has been the most transformational in my understanding of systems and my responsibility to my communities, including the land, water, and all life.
Justin is Michif (Métis) from Saskatoon in Treaty 6 and Métis Territory, and currently lives in Toronto in territories covered by the Dish with One Spoon Wampum Belt Covenant. Justin currently works for the Ontario Trillium Foundation (OTF) in the Youth Opportunities Fund (YOF) as a Capacity Building Specialist. He is passionate about inclusive city-building, youth leadership, and building movements of solidarity across different communities. He is also a director on The Circle’s governing circle.