Administrative and Research Assistant to the Director, Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre, University of Waterloo
Artemis Caine is the Administrative and Research Assistant to the Director of the Waterloo Indigenous Student Centre at the University of Waterloo where they learn and use Indigenous research methodologies, philosophies and protocol. They are a founding member of the Circle of Indigenous Youth Advisors for the Niagara Peninsula Aboriginal Area Management Board, a position which emphasizes the importance of Indigenous youth feeling safe bringing their ways of knowing into the workplace.
Growing up with local wildlife fostered a strong connection and respect for living beings which developed throughout their childhood in rural Manitoba. “I believe that Canada faces many more hurdles to sustainable development than it is fully willing to admit,” says Artemis, “Not only is Canada a country that exploits the land, but it also has an ongoing history of exploiting the people of the land. In order for Canada to truly meet the 17 SDGs, it first needs to be able to sit in the truth of what is has done and is still doing.”
They then quote Jane Goodall, “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide what kind of difference you want to make.”
Artemis’ current side project is growing a mealworm farm to break down Styrofoam. Outside of that, they spend their spare time with their pets, reading and playing video games.